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Working to keep peace

Opinion Piece

Today May 29 is designated by the United Nations as International Peacekeepers Day, a day to remember and give thanks to all men and women military, police and civilian personnel from member states, who served/are still serving in various missions around the world.

Among those listed as UN casualties on the roll of honour are some of our own New Zealanders.

Over the years te Tairawhiti men and women have been well represented in various UN missions in places like the former Yugoslavia, Sinai, East Timor, Soloman Islands, Afghanistan and Iraq.

“Protecting Civilians —Protecting Peace” is the UN’s theme for 2019 and is especially timely for all of us here in NZ in the wake of recent events in Christchurch.

Like the UN mandate, the response from our police, emergency services, local/national government, the community, and international supporters signals that in times of serious threat and national crises, we can come together as a nation and present a united front to hate and violence.

Be grateful to the UN for all the good it has done/is doing in hot spots around the world to uphold world peace. To all the local UN veterans — thank you for your service

“Ka maumahara tatou ki a ratou” (Lest we forget)

Wally Te Ua