In 1856 Queen Victoria created the Victoria Cross (VC) in order to recognise acts of gallantry in the presence of the enemy by members of the armed forces, regardless of rank. Corporal Willie Apiata was awarded the Victoria Cross in July 2007 for displaying the highest order of courage under fire. He joins such names as Charles Upham, Second Lieutenant Moana-nui-a-Kiwa Ngarimu, Bernard Lord Freyberg, and Sir Keith Elliot.

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920 NEW New Zealand hall of fame : 50 remarkable kiwis Maria Gill

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920 NEW New Zealand hall of fame : 50 remarkable kiwis Maria Gill

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923.56 API Willie Apiata VC: the reluctant hero Little Paul

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327.3 HAG Other people's wars : New Zealand in Afghanistan, Iraq and the war on terror Nicky Hager
920 NEW New Zealand hall of fame : 50 remarkable kiwis Maria Gill
923.56 API Willie Apiata VC: the reluctant hero Little Paul
993 SEL Kiwi heroes: 50 courageous New Zealanders Bronwyn Sell

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920 API Willie Apiata VC: the reluctant hero Little, Paul

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327 HAG Other people's wars : New Zealand in Afghanistan, Iraq and the war on terror Nicky Hager
SLA 355.134 CER Ceremony to honour the gallantry of Corporal Bill Henry Apiata VC: Te Kaha marae, Te Kaha, Friday, 10 August 2007 - Saturday, 11 August 2007

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920 API Willie Apiata VC: the reluctant hero Little, Paul

Newspapers:
Search the Tauranga City Libraries Newspaper Index for links to local newspaper articles which can be found on microfilm in Research Collections/Nga Wahi Rangahau, Level 1, Tauranga City Library. Use the search term 'Willie Apiata'
Newspaper Index search on Tauranga Library Catalogue

Online Databases:
Tauranga City Libraries subscribes through EPIC to:
Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre
Newztext - New Zealand's leading newspapers and business publications in full text (coverage: from ca. 1995/98 - present).

Websites:
New Zealand Defence Force - http://medals.nzdf.mil.nz/news/archive2007.html#vc - 2 July 2007 - NZSAS Gallantry in Afghanistan recognised
New Zealand Herald - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0804/S00576.htm
National Army Museum - http://www.armymuseum.co.nz/kiwis-at-war/did-you-know/a-reluctant-hero/ - the story of Willie Apiata

Last updated: 20 April 2016
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