01 May Medal ceremony for woman serving in kitchen
Margaret Dwane has been added to the list of Cook Islands residents to receive the New Zealand Defence Service Medal in the last
week, after she was presented with the medal at a special ceremony on Monday.
Dwane, Creative Centre assistant manager, was due to receive her medal alongside seven other people at the RSA headquarters on Anzac Day but she missed the presentation because, true to form, she was busy at work in the kitchen preparing food for everyone else.
Dwane served for three years with the New Zealand Women’s Royal Army Corps, having decided that she wanted a change in her life and wanted to see some new areas and meet new people.
“In the area I grew up there was arranged marriages and I thought ‘I’m out of here’,” she laughed.
“I asked to be posted as far away as possible… but they put me about 10 kilometres away from where I grew up! I didn’t want my life dictated by the people I grew up with.”
New Zealand Deputy High Commissioner Joanna Kempkers presented Dwane the medal as husband Dennis and cousin Ina Marsters watched on among a crowd that also included the staff and clients of Dwane’s workplace the Creative Centre.
Dennis and Creative Centre manager Bob Kimiangatau were included in the seven service members to receive their medals on Anzac Day.
Betala’s Brian Bartrum was also included on the list. Cook Islands News misspelled his name in a story on Friday and apologises for the mistake.
The Cook Islands RSA hopes to see more New Zealand Defence Service Medals presented to ex service men and women living in the Cook Islands.
The New Zealand Defence Service Medal, which was instituted in April 2011, recognises attested military service since September 3, 1945.
The Royal Warrant for the New Zealand Defence Service Medal allows for one or more clasps to be awarded with the medal, depending on the type of military service undertaken by the individual.
There are four clasps which can be awarded with the New Zealand Defence Service Medal: regular, territorial, C.M.T. (compulsory military service) and national service.
People looking to apply for the medal can do so online.