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Massey staff member Oiroa Kaihau has been presented with a United States Meritorious Service Medal for his work in Afghanistan with the New Zealand Defence Force in 2009.
Mr Kaihau was the New Zealand Army's the senior officer co-ordinating logistics for the New Zealand forces in Afghanistan,
United States Marine Corps General Peter Talleri presented the medal at Defence House, the force headquarters, during a recent visit to Wellington.
Mr Kaihau, who was a regular force lieutenant colonel and now holds the same rank in the part-time Territorial Force, said he did not think his efforts required special recognition. "I was just satisfied that as a team we all did a good job and we all came home."
A Master of Philosophy (Defence and Strategic Studies) graduate in 2006, he now works as part of a project team in the Centre for Defence and Security Studies responsible for the development and delivery of postgraduate education to the Royal Brunei Armed Forces.