April 26, 2018
Singapore cemetery reminder of Anzac mission
Foreign Minister Winston Peters has laid an Anzac Day wreath in a Singapore cemetery, but it's no longer the last resting place for all those buried there.
The Government is working on repatriating the bodies of New Zealand service personnel and their dependents buried during the conflicts of the 1950s and 60s, if their families want them back.
Mr Peters says it was a poignant ceremony at Kranji.
"In that cemetery is a famous family name. it's the son of George Nepia who died in Malaya as a soldier in 1955. That's just one name so it was a poignant moment to think that we are now going to do what a lot of families asked us to do and it has cost not a great deal of money to do what is right and I am very pleased we are doing it," he says.
The Defence Force expected to bring back about 30 bodies from Singapore and Malaysia in mid to late August as part of the Te Auraki repatriation project.
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