Survey shows NZers want more support for military and families

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A survey shows most New Zealanders believe this country should do more to support its military, veterans and their families.

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The poll was assessing views on whether to have a formal agreement, or kawenata, between those who serve in the Defence Force and the government and people of New Zealand.

Between March and June an online survey was conducted with 6,152 people, 776 were questioned by phone and eight focus groups were held around the country with 47 people taking part

In the online-survey 92 percent agreed or strongly agreed that New Zealand has a moral obligation to support its service people and their whānau.

Thirty-seven percent considered that this country values its service people.

Eighty-nine percent thought service people and their whānau should receive more recognition and support.

Veterans Minister Ron Mark said a kawenata could provide additional recognition for the service the military has given the country, as well as support for their well-being and that of their families.

He said it was heartening to see the support people have for the military.

Support in a kawenata could include mental and physical health support, transition to civilian life, assistance in housing and education and financial support.

Recommendations will go to the government after the election.

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