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. Library resources on the Victoria Cross can be found by running a subject search in the catalogue.

When searching the Library Catalogue, the formal subject heading is Apiata, Willie, 1972-. Simply typing Willie Apiata in an All Fields search will also bring up a list of the main books about him, including mention in Nicky Hager's Other People's Wars.

From this Result list also check the 'Click for - Newspaper Index' tab for references to locally-published newspaper articles which can be found on microfilm in Research Collections/Nga Wahi Rangahau, Level 1, Tauranga City Library.

The Click for - Tauranga - Online Research Resources tab will list a selection of mostly full-text articles from many other published, citable sources.

New Zealand Defence Force - NZSAS Gallantry in Afghanistan recognised - 2 July 2007
New Zealand Herald - Willie Apiata gifts VC to New Zealand
National Army Museum - A reluctant hero - the story of Willie Apiata

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