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This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

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Current Programme Under 1954 Act

Definition of “Member of the Forces”. A “member of the forces” is defined as “any person who is or has at any time been a member of Her Majesty's forces established in New Zealand”. The term, therefore, includes any person who served in the Royal New Zealand Navy, the New Zealand Army, or the Royal New Zealand Air Force in war or peace. A person who served in the Home Guard or the Women's Auxiliary Services, actually attached to the armed forces, is also included. The provisions of the Act may, in certain circumstances, be applied to a person who, although not a member of the New Zealand forces, was a bona fide resident of New Zealand at the commencement of the war or emergency in which he served and was a member of the forces of any other country of the Commonwealth.