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National Commemoration for the Malaya and Malaysia Operations

Media release: 14 September 2016

New Zealand’s contribution to military operations in Malaya and Malaysia from the late 1940s to the mid-1960s will be commemorated in a national service held at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park at 11.00am on Friday 16 September.

“This commemoration demonstrates the significant contribution New Zealand made to Commonwealth forces for nearly 25 years,” Heather Baggott, Delivery Group Manager Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage said.

“Our sailors, soldiers and airmen were involved in both the Malayan Emergency (1948-60) and the subsequent Confrontation Campaign between Malaysia and Indonesia (1964-66). Twenty New Zealand servicemen lost their lives during the two campaigns, three as a result of enemy action,” says Ms Baggott.

Wreath presented at the 2015 National Commemoration.

New Zealand’s involvement began in 1949 when a flight of RNZAF 41 Squadron’s Dakotas were used to drop supplies to anti-guerrilla forces. In the late 1950s both the Special Air Service and infantry battalions were sent to Malaya.

In 1964 New Zealand began helping the new federated state of Malaysia to fight Indonesia’s attempt to gain control of the North Borneo territories in what was known as the Confrontation Campaign.

On 11 August 1966 Indonesian and Malaysian representatives signed a peace treaty in Bangkok with New Zealanders completing their withdrawal from Borneo in October.

“Members of the public are welcome to attend this commemoration and are asked to be seated in the Hall of Memories by 10.45am,” Ms Baggott said.


Contact: Christine Seymour

Phone 499 4229 ext 514, or 027 807 9400

email: [email protected]


Updated on 14th September 2016