NZ war veteran denied travel concession

  • 13/09/2015
The Chatham Islands have officially been part of New Zealand since 1842 (iStock)
The Chatham Islands have officially been part of New Zealand since 1842 (iStock)

Labour's Rongotai MP Annette King is going into bat for a war veteran denied a travel concession to visit his daughter in the Chatham Islands.

Retired 85-year-old Brigadier-General Ian Thorpe has been told he doesn't qualify for a concession which allows veterans with 70 percent disablement to claim some costs for car, bus or plane journeys because the Chathams are outside of New Zealand's three main islands.

He's been told the visit to his daughter is over international water, Ms King says.

The concession is worth about $300 on his $1000 flight, the Sunday Star-Times reports.

"The Government needs to swot up on its geography," says Mrs King.

The Chatham Islands have officially been part of New Zealand since 1842 and the ocean between the mainland and the Chathams is part of New Zealand's exclusive economic zone, she says.

Mr Thorpe deserves an apology, she says.

Mr Thorpe served in Vietnam, the Malaysian emergency and South Lebanon and was awarded a CBE for his military service.

The Chatham Islands are part of Mrs King's electorate.

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