Gold Star Award
Gold Star badges and N.Z.R.S.A. Certificates of Merit were awarded by the Dominion Executive Committee of the New Zealand Returned Services Association recently.
One of the Gold Star recipients was Mr William Herewini, Controller of Maori Welfare in the Department of Maori and Islands Affairs.
Mr Herewini served with 28 Maori Battalion and was a prisoner of war from 1941 to 1945. After returning to New Zealand he was associated with the Waikato, New Lynn and Porirua branches of the R.S.A., serving for three years as president of the Porirua branch.
In 1956, he was appointed to the Dominion Executive Committee as representative of Maori ex-servicemen. He has travelled overseas to Vietnam and to the World Veterans' Federation General Assembly in the Hague, as a representative of the N.Z.R.S.A.