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Headstones and Plaques – Veterans’ Affairs

As of 1st July, there is no longer a charge for plaques or headstones installed at dedicated services cemeteries.

Veterans’ Affairs will meet the full cost of both the memorial and installation of headstones for qualifying New Zealand veterans in services cemeteries. Where the interment is a public or private ceremony, it’s agreed that they will contribute up to $1,000.

A contribution may also be made toward a memorial for the spouse or partner of a New Zealand veteran if the appropriate criteria is met.

The cost for headstones and plaques was previously $500 and $210 respectively.

For more information download this quick factsheet, or head straight to the Memorials section of the Veterans’ Affairs website to apply for a service memorial.

There’s also been a change to the funding of commemorative visits, events and projects.

Veterans may seek financial support for battlefield visits or overseas commemorations; veteran groups may do the same for projects or reunions.

So that as many veterans as possible may benefit, the current maximum claim is $2,500 for individuals and $10 per veteran for groups, but may be up to $5,000.

To find out more of the criteria and to apply for commemorative funding, visit the Veterans' Affairs website.

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