Title / object name
Desert Disruptive Pattern Material uniform
|Maker ||Role ||Date |
|New Zealand Defence Force ||commissioner ||early 2000s |
|Whitehead Productions ||manufacturer(s) ||early 2000s |
cotton, polyester, plastic, metal
|825 (Height) x 490 (Width) mm|
|1145 (Height) x 500 (Width) mm|
Gift of Corporal B.H. Apiata, VC, 2012
This combat uniform was worn by Corporal Willie Apiata, VC of the New Zealand Special Air Service (NZSAS) in Afghanistan during 2004. In that year he saved the life of his colleague when under enemy fire in Afghanistan, and was awarded the Victoria Cross for New Zealand in 2007 for displaying the highest order of personal courage under fire.
The uniform is also an excellent example of a military uniform made from camouflage fabric. Camouflage is designed to help the wearer blend into their environment.
New Zealand Special Air Service
The New Zealand Special Air Service was formed in 1955 and is a special forces unit of the New Zealand Defence Force, modelled on the British Special Air Service (SAS). Its key roles are to undertake overseas missions and respond to domestic terrorist attacks. The New Zealand SAS is held in high regard internationally, as demonstrated by the United States Presidential Citation which was awarded to the NZSAS in December 2004.