Thursday 27 April 2017



It is my privilege to present this report on the activities of the Vietnam Veterans (Neville Wallace Memorial) Children's & Grandchildren's Trust for the period 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015.

I particularly acknowledge the generous donation of $15,000 from the Ranfurly Veterans' Trust. It is encouraging that the Trust chose us as the first recipient of one of their grants. For our part and we will be associating their donation with the award of the David Wright Memorial Bursary. I look forward to building further on that relationship.

Since its inception the Trust has made a total of 493 grants ranging in value from $159 to $2,500. In 2015 we awarded a total of 32 bursaries (c/w 24 in 2014) with an average value of $640. The assistance given continues to be wide and varied encompassing the whole gambit of education, sporting and cultural endeavour. 81% of the bursaries awarded went to first time applicants (down 7%); 81% went to applicants resident in New Zealand; 34% were to the children of Vietnam veterans (up 5%); this year and for the first time male and female recipients were equally divided; 66% were aged less than 20 years of age; 6% were aged between 20 and 30 years while 28% were aged greater than 30.

Our website continues to attract considerable interest so much so that the site register counter reset after it recorded visitor 99,999. I acknowledge the professionalism of our webmaster Wayne Cribb. Wayne is barrister who has an interest in website design. He works for gratis and we thank him for that. I am pleased to advise that the website is now fully sponsored by Jimmy Jacks Ribshack in Paihia.

I acknowledge the ongoing support we continue to receive from NZ Post by way of standard post-paid envelopes.

There were no changes to the Board and I acknowledge both their professionalism and support. Anita Killeen continues as our Honorary Legal Advisor and I thank her too. The Trust is in good shape. We can face the future with confidence.

Ross Miller, MNZM, JP

29 March 2016