Apr 12, 2021


Maori News & Indigenous Views

Maori soldier receives US service medal

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(RadioNZ) A Maori soldier from Palmerston North has been awarded for his mahi with an award from the United States Army.Lieutenant Colonel Oiroa Kaihau was presented with a United States Meritorious Service Medal for his work in Afghanistan with the New Zealand Defence Force in 2009.

He was the New Zealand Army’s senior officer co-ordinating logistics for New Zealand forces in Afghanistan.

He says he didn’t think his efforts required special recognition and was just satisfied that his team did a good job and that everyone came home.

Lieutenant Colonel Kaihau works as part of a project team in the Centre for Defence and Security Studies responsible for the development and delivery of postgraduate education to the Royal Brunei Armed Forces..

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1 thought on “Maori soldier receives US service medal

  1. How wonderful for one of our own, to be recognised and honoured for his work from another country.

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