About the Trust
When our servicemen and women fall doing their duty for all New Zealanders, the New Zealand Fallen Heroes Trust believe it is our duty to support them, and their immediate family members to live full lives.
Being a service man or woman is more than just a job – it is a commitment to taking an active role in the vital task of defending New Zealand’s values, interests, culture and way of life. In essence, they ensure the future wellbeing of our country and its citizens.
New Zealand has a long history of undertaking peacekeeping and security activities around the world. Personnel from the New Zealand Army, the Royal New Zealand Navy and the Royal New Zealand Air Force are regularly deployed to work alongside our international partners to secure, rebuild and restore communities affected by conflict. This service has placed, and will continue to place our service people in environments of potential violence and significant personal risk such as in East Timor, the Solomon Islands, Sudan, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq to name a but a few.
As a result of these deployments, a number of our service people have been killed, and many others either physically or mentally injured while serving our country. These killed or injured service people are our ‘Fallen Heroes’.
The Reason for the Trust
We believe the value we place on the service of our soldiers, sailors, and air personnel is demonstrated by the way we take care of our Fallen Heroes and/or their dependents.
While the New Zealand Government provides a comprehensive range of services to help our Fallen Heroes and their immediate families, we recognise a need for direct, practical support to the families of those men and women who were injured or killed whilst serving their country.
Who the Trust Serves
The Trust, loosely modelled on similar international initiatives, aims to fund projects that make a real difference to the lives of our Fallen Heroes and their families. This is intended to help those with physical or mental injuries as a result of their deployed service and their dependents thrive, despite their adversity and loss. The Trust’s contribution will be tailored to meet the unique needs of the individual’s and dependents.
The Trust believes it can play a role in enabling the wounded and dependents of Fallen Heroes to lead fulsome lives and fulfil their dreams and aspirations. Our charity is focused on helping casualties (killed or injured) of New Zealand’s overseas deployments (since January 1999) and their immediate family members, which includes;
- Partner of casualties, widow, widower or former partner of deceased;
- Children and step-children 25 years and under of casualties and deceased;
We are also working closely with the New Zealand Defence Force in identifying who may eligible as beneficiaries of the Trust. We encourage people who may benefit from our support to come forward and let us know how we might be able to help them.
Patron and Trustees
Lieutenant General, The Right Honourable, Sir Jerry Mateparae
Sir Jerry Mateparae enlisted as a soldier with the Regular Force of the New Zealand Army in 1972. He served in both battalions of the infantry and with the New Zealand Special Air Service. He was appointed Chief of Army in 2002 and Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force with the rank of Lieutenant General in 2006. Retiring from the NZDF in January 2011, he was appointed as Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau. Sir Jerry Mateparae was sworn in as New Zealand’s 20th Governor-General for a five year term on 31 August 2011.
Baden Ewart, Chairperson
Baden Ewart is the Colonel of the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment. After Baden retired from a senior position in the NZ Army, he worked in both the primary and secondary health care settings. Baden is currently the General Manager Operations for the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA). He also served for a time as an appointed Director of the Northern Region South Island Order of St John. He is also a Trustee of the Rannerdale War Veterans home, which provides residential care in the community.
Leith Comer graduated with distinction from the United States Army Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, commanded the NZ contingent in the MFO Sinai and commanded the 2nd/1st Battalion RNZIR. He later became the Hon. Col. of 2nd/1st. Leith retired from the military in 1989 as a Lieutenant Colonel to work as a public servant. He is a former Chief Executive of Te Puni Kōkiri. Leith is currently a Director of Aratahi Ltd, a consultancy involved in Maori economic development, governance and Maori -Chinese relations.
Rob Munro served in the New Zealand Army and had active service in Vietnam in 1970-71 as an Intelligence officer with First Australian Task Force, and briefly in Zimbabwe in 1979-80 with the Commonwealth Monitoring Group. After leaving the Army his legal work was largely in Courts and Tribunals. He was a Member of Parliament for his home city of Invercargill, and served on the Wellington District Law Practitioners Disciplinary Committee.
Neville Reilly served in the New Zealand Army with operational service included deployments to Bosnia, East Timor and Afghanistan. Neville Reilly retired from the Army in 2009 in the rank of brigadier. Following his retirement, Neville served as New Zealand ambassador to Afghanistan in 2010-2011. Neville is currently the manager of Civil Defence at Environment Canterbury.
Danny Broughton, MNZM
The Chief of Defence Force has nominated Warrant Officer Class One Danny Broughton as the NZDF Advisory Trustee. WO1 Broughton enlisted in the New Zealand Army in 1977 and has held a number of appointments throughout his career and has served on operations in Bougainville and East Timor. WO1 Broughton attended the United States Army Sergeant Major’s Academy in 2003. In February 2011, he was appointed Sergeant Major of the Army, Army General Staff, Wellington and assumed his current position WODF as in January 2014.
Alan Day, Secretary and Treasurer
Alan Day served in the Army Regular Force for twenty nine years, serving in Sth Vietnam in 1968/69. He retired as a Major and Director of the New Zealand Army Pay Corps in 1989. After retirement from regular service he served as a civilian staff officer with the Army for a further 21 years, as the Civil Administration Officer, Regional Secretary and as the Financial Advisor to the Commander of the 3rd Land Force Group, Burnham retiring in 2010.