Holyoake justified New Zealand's lack of assistance by pointing to its military contribution to the Indonesia-Malaysian Confrontation, but eventually the government decided to contribute. While it was considered that New Zealand should support South Vietnam, as Holyoake alleged; Whose will is to prevail in South Vietnam? Explore activists and protests like Bastion Point, The Land March and the 1981 Springbok tour. New Zealand casualties during the Vietnam War were: RNZE: 2, RNZA: 5, RNZIR: 27, RNZAF: 1, NZSAS: 1, RNZAMC: 1 (for a total of 37) and 187 wounded. In line with reductions in American and Australian strength in Vietnam, New Zealand began the gradual withdrawal of its combat forces as the training teams were arriving. There has been much resentment within their ranks at perceived official and public indifference to the physical and psychological problems experienced by so many veterans due to exposure to Agent Orange and post-traumatic stress disorder. Subsequently, a few served with the second of the two New Zealand training teams deployed to Vietnam after combat troops withdrew in 1971.  These were not always formal postings as such. Click here for a full list of resources related to New Zealand's Vietnam War. 1969: Fire crackers thrown at an election meeting addressed by the Prime Minister with 30 arrests.  Overall there were 98 personnel involved over the four-and-a-half years of the Team’s deployment: 47 from the Army, 27 from the Air Force and 24 from the Navy. , New Zealand artillerymen carry out a fire mission in South Vietnam, New Zealand Army Detachment Vietnam (NEWZAD), New Zealand Services Medical Team (NZSMT), Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (RNZIR), Corps of Royal New Zealand Engineers (RNZE), Royal New Zealand Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RNZEME), Royal New Zealand Army Ordnance Corps (RNZAOC), Royal New Zealand Army Medical Corps (RNZAMC), Royal New Zealand Army Service Corps (RNZASC), Royal New Zealand Corps of Signals (RNZSigs), New Zealand Army Training Team Vietnam (1 NZATTV & 2 NZATTV), New Zealand Attachments to United States Army, Air Force and Navy, New Zealand Attachments to Australian Army, Air Force, and Navy. ", As with other infantry companies of the Australian battalions, the New Zealand infantry companies too sometimes conducted independent operations or were temporarily put under the operational control of 1 ATF directly or under other Australian Battalions or units, and conducted operations with them, e.g Whisky 3 Company's mortar section conducted numerous independent operations with 3rd Cavalry Regiment in 1970, and the Company itself spent some time on Long Sơn Island directly under 1 ATF Command, and later under 8 RAR for some months, also in 1970. New Zealand and the Vietnam War. New Zealand protests were similar to those in the United States– criticising the policies of the United States government and challenging seriously for the first time New Zealand's alliance-based security, calling for a more 'independent' foreign policy which was not submissive to that of the United States and denying that com… In 2014 it was revised by Gareth Phipps. In 1963 Prime Minister Keith Holyoake agreed to send non-combatant troops into the Vietnam War. Jan 20, 2019 - Explore Larry Hellie's board "Vietnam Protests", followed by 140 people on Pinterest.  However, at that time, aircraft were tasked to deliver supplies to Da Nang on the way from RAF Changi to Hong Kong from time to time.  The last commander of 1NZATTV (5 Dec 1972 – 13 Dec 1972), Major TD Macfarlane, was from RNZSigs. The protests against the Vietnam War were a series of demonstrations against American involvement in the conflict between North and South Vietnam. America had been through nearly twenty years of the Cold War and they were … RNZAF personnel were numerous in the New Zealand Services Medical Team (NZSMT) and one went on to be part of the subsequent New Zealand Army Training Team (NZATTV.). New Zealand police raids: Ruatoki and throughout the country Several people charged as terrorists, but not found guilty for that offence. Can you tell us more about the information on this page? By the latter stages of the war, the anti-war movement had merged with other major causes – women's rights, the anti-apartheid movement – to spawn what some termed the ‘Vietnam Generation’. These allowed people in and from New Zealand to view and experience the realities of international events and movements such as anti-Vietnam War protests, the new counter-culture in the United States and protests organized by the anti-apartheid movement. , 161 Battery RNZA was awarded the United States Meritorious Unit Commendation for their service in South Vietnam while serving under the U.S 173rd Airborne Brigade. In May 1965, Prime Minister Keith Holyoake announced that New Zealand would send a combat unit to join the United States-led coalition in Vietnam. Following the end of the Indonesia–Malaysia Confrontation, New Zealand came under renewed pressure from Washington to expand its commitment in Vietnam. New Zealand has seen many demonstrations, strikes, marches and campaigns by protesters voicing opinions against wars, laws and events. But the students all acted from a common belief that the Vietnam War was wrong. Perhaps you have a related experience you would like to share? Thirty-seven men died while on active service and 187 were wounded.  Two RNZE sappers were killed while serving with the RNZIR infantry companies. After combat troop withdrawals in 1971 several RNZAMC personnel were part of the NZAATV teams. New Zealand's involvement in Vietnam was highly controversial and attracted protest and condemnation at home and abroad. The outcome of the war prompted New Zealand to re-evaluate its alliance policy – most notably the forward defence strategy. They also treated military casualties who were brought to the Bong Son Dispensary, including Army of the Republic of Vietnam personnel and Viet Cong prisoners. April 1963: NZ civilian surgical team arrives in VietnamJune 1964: NEWZAD arrives in VietnamJuly 1965: NEWZAD withdrawn; 161 Battery RNZA arrives in VietnamJune 1966: 161 Bty comes under operational control of 1ATF at Nui Dat, Phuoc Tuy provinceAugust 1966: 161 Bty involved in the Battle of Long TanApril 1967: NZSMT arrives in VietnamMay 1967: V Company 1RNZIR arrives in VietnamNovember 1967: V Coy replaced by V2 CoyDecember 1967: W Company 1RNZIR arrives in VietnamMarch 1968: NZ infantry companies integrate with 2RAR to form 2RAR/NZ (Anzac) Battalion at Nui Dat, Phuoc Tuy provinceMay 1968: V2 Coy replaced by V3 CoyNovember 1968: W Coy replaced by W2 CoyMay 1969: V3 Coy replaced by V4 CoyNovember 1969: W2 Coy replaced by W3 CoyMay 1970: V4 Coy replaced by V5 CoyNovember 1970: W3 Coy withdrawn from VietnamJanuary 1971: 1NZATTV arrives in VietnamMay 1971: 161 Bty withdrawn from Vietnam; V5 Coy replaced by V6 CoyDecember 1971: NZSMT and V6 Coy withdrawn from VietnamMarch 1972: 2NZATTV arrives in VietnamDecember 1972: Training teams withdrawn from VietnamMarch 1975: NZ civilian surgical team withdrawn from VietnamApril 1975: NZ Ambassador evacuated from Saigon; last RNZAF flight out of Vietnam, See detailed timeline (VietnamWar.govt.nz). 1971: Protests in Dunedin reach the National Party's convention in the centre of the city, resulting in scuffles with police and two arrests. The first New Zealand troops into action were the gunners of 161 Battery, Royal New Zealand Artillery. , In December 2006, the New Zealand Government, the Ex-Vietnam Services Association (EVSA) and the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association (RNZRSA) agreed to, and signed, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) following the recommendations of the Joint Working Group, designated with advocacy for Veteran's concerns. Oral historians recorded more than 150 interviews between 2008 and 2012, and the digital archive continues to collect memories and memorabilia related to New Zealand’s Vietnam War. The doctors and nurses who worked there were all volunteers from New Zealand hospitals. New Zealand had also established its post-Second World War security agenda around countering communism in South-East Asia and of sustaining a strategy of forward defence, and so needed to be seen to be acting upon these principles. Includes some footage of Tim Shadbolt in rare form. , Two small RNZAF detachments were attached to U.S Marine Corps A-4 Skyhawk squadron VMA-311 at Chu Lai Air Base in January 1970 and October 1970. We were the first mass movement against a war in American … A major short-term cause of the Vietnam War protests was the involvement of New Zealand troops. In 1984, Agent Orange manufacturers paid New Zealand, Australian and Canadian veterans in an out-of-court settlement, and in 2004 Prime Minister Helen Clark's government apologised to Vietnam War veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange or other toxic defoliants, following a health select committee's inquiry into the use of Agent Orange on New Zealand servicemen and its effects. The agreement also included an oral history project and the creation of a digital archive (www.vietnamwar.govt.nz) for Vietnam veterans and their families. Even so, there was a vocal and well-organised anti-war movement in New Zealand. It was decided the battery would join 1ATF and serve with Royal Australian Artillery field regiments. The new foreign policy which follows as a result of these protests is the reason behind New Zealand rejecting visits from ships from the United States over anti-nuclear protests during the period of time after 1985. Some RNZEME personnel served in the RNZIR rifle companies, the ANZAC Battalions (Command & Support), as well as at the New Zealand V Force HQ in Saigon. The imposed will of the North Vietnamese communists and their agents, or the freely expressed will of the people of South Vietnam?. In December a second Victor Company was deployed to Vietnam and was joined by Whisky Company in December, both from the 1st Battalion. ), Two RNZAC pilots served with the Australian 161st (Independent) Reconnaissance Flight.. In 2005, the New Zealand government confirmed that it supplied Agent Orange chemicals to the United States military during the conflict. It also upheld New Zealand's national interests of countering communism in South-East Asia. Like veterans from many of the other allied nations, as well as Vietnamese civilians, New Zealand veterans of the Vietnam War claimed that they (as well as their children and grandchildren) had suffered serious harm as a result of exposure to Agent Orange. Two civilians serving with the surgical and Red Cross teams also lost their lives. In 1962, Australia sent advisors, as the United States had, but again New Zealand refused to make a similar contribution. Rest and recreation. Captain. In late March 1966, a series of protests took place over three days across America. Most operations in Phuoc Tuy were regular patrols or cordon and search operations. The New Zealanders relieved a United States Army medical team at Bong Son in Bình Định Province.  Both RNZIR companies conducted a number of independent, company-level land clearing and mine sweeping operations providing security for Australian and American engineer teams. This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions. ) Both New Zealand Army training teams consisted mainly of RNZIR personnel. Despite popular sentiment apparently against the conflict, especially in its final years, Holyoake's National Party was re-elected into government twice during the course of the war. On 19 May 1969, 4 RAR was replaced by 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (6 RAR) and the two RNZIR rifle companies merged with A, B and D Companies of 6 RAR to become 6 RAR/NZ (ANZAC). Publication date: November 2019 NZ RRP (incl. Protest movements in New Zealand against the Vietnam War divided society between those who were in support of New Zealand’s involvement and those who thought New Zealand had no place in the war. The National government's policy avoided any confrontation with Washington – in stark contrast to New Zealand’s anti-nuclear stance in the 1980s. The 2IC was filled by RNZIR Officer, Major Robert Ian Thorpe.. The struggle in Vietnam was part of a broader Cold War between the communist bloc headed by the Soviet Union and its former wartime allies in the West. The Vietnam war caused a major change in New Zealands alliances as it was the first in which New Zealand fought without the presence of Great Britain and reflected the growing defense ties with the United States, this decision lead to a growing counter-culture movement which held the view that New Zealand had no place in the Vietnam War. , As American focus shifted to President Richard Nixon's "Vietnamization" program – a policy of slow disengagement from the war by gradually building up the Army of the Republic of Vietnam so that it could fight the war on its own - the New Zealand government dispatched the 1st New Zealand Army Training Team Vietnam (1 NZATTV) in January 1971. RNZAF personnel were also posted to HQ V Force and worked primarily in Saigon in a range of liaison duties. New Zealand joined its major allies in recognising the French-sponsored Bao Dai regime in 1950, but remained unsure about the strength and legitimacy of the non-communist forces in Vietnam. There were calls for a more independent foreign policy that was not subservient to the United States. New Zealand decided to send troops to Vietnam in 1964 because of Cold War concerns and alliance considerations. Archive footage of New Zealanders protesting against the Vietnam War. This topic covers the anti-war protests, defence forces, action in Vietnam, apology from the Crown, compensation for veterans and refugees from Vietnam. Most personnel from the Royal New Zealand Army Medical Corps served with the New Zealand Services Medical Team (NZSMT) or served as medics for 161 Bty and the New Zealand infantry companies, or were otherwise stationed at the New Zealand V Force Headquarters in Saigon and at 1 ALSG. The potential adverse effect on the ANZUS alliance of not supporting the United States (and Australia) in Vietnam was key. Sailors from the HMNZS Taranaki in the foreground, with police and anti Vietnam war protesters, at the opening of Parliament in Wellington, in 1969. They also triggered a backlash. It would be the last New Zealand Government agency to withdraw from Vietnam. Tell me more... 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But by then this alliance was less firmly rooted on a popular level, with significant numbers of New Zealanders criticising the country’s perceived subservience to the United States in security matters. For those who served in Vietnam, the war left a searing legacy. Campaigns were also waged on moral grounds ranging from pacifist convictions to objections to the weapons being used to fight the war. From the mid-1960s, an organised anti-Vietnam War movement challenged the whole philosophy underlying New Zealand’s national security policies, and the benefits and consequences of its alliances.  It was seen as in the nation's best interests to do so—failure to contribute even a token force to the effort in Vietnam would have undermined New Zealand's position in ANZUS and could have had an adverse effect on the alliance itself. Although the Royal New Zealand Army Service Corps was not represented as a unit in the New Zealand contingent to Vietnam over 140 RNZASC personnel served throughout the war providing transport and logistics for 161 Bty RNZA, both RNZIR companies, and 4 Troop NZSAS, as well as in administration and advisory roles in New Zealand V Force HQ in Saigon, 1 ALSG, and as members of 1 NZATTV. The 2IC for this rotation was RNZIR Major Roy Thomas Victor Taylor. 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