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30 August 2012
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Motions — Nancy Wake—100th Birthday

[Sitting date: 30 August 2012. Volume:683;Page:4981. Text is incorporated into the Bound Volume.]


Nancy Wake—100th Birthday

Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS (Leader—NZ First) : I wonder whether I could ask the leave of the House to move a motion without notice regarding the 100th birthday of Nancy Wake, the Allies’ most decorated female war hero. This is her 100th birthday today.

Mr SPEAKER: Just to get it clear, the member is seeking leave for a motion to be moved without debate to commemorate that occasion. Is there any objection to that course of action? There is no objection.

Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS: I regret the collective lack of preparation on this, frankly. I move, That this Housecommemorate the 100th birthday of the late Nancy Grace Augusta Wake and acknowledge her contribution to the Allied cause during World War II. She was the Allies’ most famous and decorated Second World War hero, remembering that she was, after all, born in New Zealand of both Māori and European background. It is, perhaps, a matter of disappointment that we, as a country, have not acknowledged her in the way that France, the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom have.

  • Motion agreed to.