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Prime Minister Helen Clark announced a short time ago that "Corporal Bill (Willy) Apiata of the NZSAS had been awarded the supreme bravery award for his actions in saving the life of a comrade under heavy fire from opposing forces.
Clark said Apiata's actions were carried out despite extreme danger to himself and there was no question he had saved his comrade's life. The action took place in Afghanistan when the SAS was helping US and British forces fight the Taliban in 2004.
Corporal Apiata, 35, said yesterday that he had given his medal to the New Zealand Special Air Services Trust, a charitable organisation dedicated to the welfare of SAS personnel and their families.
"It is important that the medal is protected for future generations. By gifting it to the NZSAS Trust, I know that my wishes will always be respected."
His decision to donate his medal and not seek material reward from it is hugely generous. It ensures that his VC is protected for future generations of New Zealanders. It can never be sold."