The VC theft

December 3rd, 2007 at 7:48 am by David Farrar

Words almost fail me.  The theft of nine VCs including the almost unique medal and bar awarded to Charles Upham is a despicable crime.

If they catch the thieves, I say put them into the safe keeping of the SAS 🙂

I just hope the medals are not already overseas,

24 Responses to “The VC theft”

  1. tlkpnt (10 comments) says:

    Yes I do mean like those homicides – however I would be much more inclined to call that war.

    But calling the theft of what is in essence a material object (I accept the great sentimental value and the bravery and courage that the soldiers did on behalf of their country – for which they received the medals) a homicide is an overstatement and an insult to those families who have suffered from an actual homicide. You are comparing a theft to the Kahui killings or to another act of child abuse that ends in death

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  2. Inventory2 (12,221 comments) says:

    Nick C – my sentiments exactly. That she and her cohorts thought it was their civil right to burn the NZ flag during an ANZAC service indicates the mindset of the said “peace activist”. She’s luckly the police got her before some of the old “diggers”!

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  3. Adam Smith (986 comments) says:

    Per Nick C, I agree the worst fears of most will be that they were stolen for a collector.

    I suggest that the worst possible scenario for anyone is that they were stolen by political activists or for political activists. This would be the nightmare scenario for the authorities, especially if they melted them down as a protest.

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  4. hinamanu (1,331 comments) says:

    “Helen Clark advised the robbers to return the medals by “popping them in a letter box” where someone would inevitably find them.”

    you’ve got to be careful handing things into police.

    If they can’t get the culprit they’ll paint a picture around any one they can.

    there are so mnay cases I can cite of that.

    David Bain of course, but now we are finding Scott Watson another victim of police fascism.

    I for one would never walk into a police station with evidence.

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  5. PhilBest (4,959 comments) says:

    Agree, Nick C and Inventory 2. This vignette nicely sums up the state of NZ today. Not only have we forgotten about why we are where we are in the world today, we’re breeding the kind of scum that do this sort of thing.

    A parallel is that where we once had a Maori Battalion that stood for God, King, and Country, and covered itself with medals and glory in the process, now we’ve got Tuhoe Terrorists. The liberal left is well and truly on course with its goal of the destruction of decent society.

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  6. Adam Smith (986 comments) says:

    Hinemanu says” I for one would never walk into a police station with evidence”.

    I do not think we should worry, because if you go to Waitakere and confess to police that you need to be locked up you are sent away to set fire to houses and beat up old ladies, because you are not on the computer. Talk about Keystone Kops.

    This is the worry, our police seem not to know how to do anything.

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  7. Right of way is Way of Right (950 comments) says:

    Umm, Grumpyoldhori, if you are going to quote me, then QUOTE ME!

    Besides, Having met both Cpl Apiata AND the man he carried to safety, I can assure you they would like nothing better than permission to retrive those medals.

    And if these medals have been “liberated” for political purposes, all I can say is that as far as I know, Mana is earned, not stolen!

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  8. bwakile (548 comments) says:

    Never thought I would see this happen in NZ.

    Then again I never thought I’d see an EFB either.

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  9. grumpyoldhori (2,302 comments) says:

    Right of way is Way of Right
    Tsk,tsk, you are
    being a trifle sensitive, I was agreeing with
    your approach to the
    wrong doers.

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  10. paua pattie (5 comments) says:

    I’d hazard a guess that the young men who WON the medals, laying their lives on the line in the most horrific wars were about the same age as the slimeball thieving mongrel scum who skulked into museum and STOLE the medals.
    Gee this Country has really come a long way in the past 60 or so years.

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  11. Right of way is Way of Right (950 comments) says:

    Got ya, glad to see we are eye to eye on this one Grumpy!

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  12. grumpyoldhori (2,302 comments) says:

    PhilBest
    The Maori Battalion , that battalion
    were one of it’s members came home wounded, and after he recovered he was told that a dairy farm off the ballot was not
    for the likes of him.
    Is that the Battalion you speak of?
    What were the Maori Battalion fighting for
    again?

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  13. david (2,338 comments) says:

    Always open to conspiracy theories!

    What shit was happening when the F&M scare on Waiheke drove it off the front page?
    The EFB is going through this week whether we like it or not. How convenient!
    There have been a few other “distractions” at convenient moments over the last 9 years but I am forgetting the details in my dotage.
    Would the gummint pay a couple of mill to get the medals back?
    Is there an election next year?
    Which party outspent everyone last election?
    Which party stretched its fundraising capabilities ti pay back $800,000?

    Whew!

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  14. ben (2,422 comments) says:

    The government must be LOVING this story. The EFB will be passed this week and hardly anybody is going to notice.

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  15. Lee C (2,969 comments) says:

    Yvette – in my own twisted way this is what I was alluding to…

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  16. Inventory2 (12,221 comments) says:

    I reckon the Exclusive Brethren will get the blame – rationale – they stole the medals to hock them off to raise money so that they and John Key could rort the next election – what odds are we offering on which Minister will be the first to make the connection? I’d go 20/1 on Chris Carter!

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  17. dad4justice (7,692 comments) says:

    Once caught, I would like to pubically hang these disrespectful bastards !!!!!

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  18. hinamanu (1,331 comments) says:

    “The government must be LOVING this story. The EFB will be passed this week and hardly anybody is going to notice.”

    Interesting correlation as far as conspiracy theories go

    Conspiracy is so not a dirty word

    Just a conspiracy to negate conspiracies in high places.

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  19. dad4justice (7,692 comments) says:

    Take the peoples mind off the real issues , typical socialist trick ?

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  20. grumpyoldhori (2,302 comments) says:

    The Exclusive Brethren, hmm, could be , after
    all one did not see them volunteering to carry
    a rifle did one.
    No, they had to be manpowered to join the
    medical services.

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  21. Steve (4,915 comments) says:

    The VC Theft.
    Some commentors today find this funny and make wisecracks, very imature.
    Whether this theft is political, stolen to order for a collector, stolen to make a few bucks is irrelvant.
    It shows a lack of respect for NZ and those who gave. This is a free country and those who abuse it should be punished. Thieves of this nature are scum.
    Repugnant

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  22. PhilBest (4,959 comments) says:

    grumpyoldhori: Yes that was the battalion I speak of and I would not excuse those sorts of injustices for a moment. They are the sort of thing that woke NZ-ers up to the evils of racism. What I am saying is that NZ would be a wonderful country if we still had the spirit of the Maori Battalion as WELL as the burying of the racial prejudices of the past.

    We have had decades of white liberal intellectual sowing of grievance theory in every minority or disadvantaged group, with the result that Maori, and other groups, have been radicalised instead of brought more firmly into the common fold. What we have now is a far worse evil than existed originally. I suspect you might even agree with me.

    Regarding the EB’s serving in the medical services, at least they didn’t go into internment camps with the Nazi sympathisers and peaceniks like the folk hero James K. Baxter. That is another thing that is wrong with NZ today – the peaceniks are idolised while the Maori Battalion is forgotten.

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  23. thehawkreturns (138 comments) says:

    Probably the French.

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  24. david (2,338 comments) says:

    hawk
    nah, the french would have just blown Waiouru up from the back seat of a VW Microbus then claimed that it was a fat fire at the Fish and Chip shop.

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