Repatriation of the Remains of Military Personnel and Dependants 1955 - 1971

On 3 April 2017, the Government extended an offer of repatriation to the families of New Zealand Defence Force personnel and their dependents buried in Malaysia and Singapore at public expense.

The Chief of Defence Force will manage the repatriation project with support from other agencies as required. The planning and scoping of the repatriation project will commence mid-2017.

The New Zealand Defence Force will also explore the option of extending the offer of the repatriation to cover other New Zealanders buried overseas as a result of a military burial since 1 January 1955.


Families are encouraged to register with the New Zealand Defence Force by calling Veterans’ Affairs New Zealand on 0800 483 8372 or emailing

This page was last reviewed on 10 April 2017, and is current.