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The New Zealand Special Air Service Regiment (NZSAS Regiment) serves the interest of Aotearoa New Zealand.

The NZSAS is a specialist unit within the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF). The NZSAS Trust provides an opportunity to support the efforts of its members and their dependents.

The NZSAS Regiment provides surveillance and reconnaissance, combating terrorism, direct action, support and influence capabilities to the NZDF. Since 1955 the unit has been committed by government to operations across the globe.

The demands placed on unit members (and their families) are considerable and as a consequence a charitable trust, the NZSAS Trust, was created to support them.

Now there is an opportunity for you to support the consequences of their commitment.

The NZSAS Trust was created to support serving and former members of the Regiment and their families. These include those families and dependents whose partners have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the conduct of their duties.

You can directly support the NZSAS by making a donation or a bequest to the NZSAS Trust.

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"Who Dares Wins"

Since 1955 the NZSAS has carried out its specialist role, providing unique options for the NZDF.

This requires personal commitment and sacrifice. Mental, physical, social and excellence in skills are the core of the Regiment’s success.

The NZSAS Trust exists to support these men, women and their families.

The NZSAS Trust is your opportunity to show your support for the NZSAS Regiment

The NZSAS Trust is a tax-registered charitable trust, established in 2004 to look after those who are actively serving or were previously posted to the 1st New Zealand Special Air Service Regiment, including their immediate families.

It also includes any person who has served in the Long Range Desert Group, Special Operations Executive and Z Special Unit.

Our objectives are to:

  • Support ex-members into new employment
  • Support and provide welfare or financial assistance to maintain a reasonable quality of life
  • Fund formal education or vocational training for our ex-service members and their families
  • Provide financial support for those who fall on hard times

Sir Jerry Mateparae GNZM, QSO, KStJ

Mr Martyn Dunne CNZM, QSO | Chairman
Mr Geoff Laurence

Mr Stephen Franklin
Mr Stuart Chrisp

About the NZSAS

In 1941 New Zealanders, as part of the long range desert group, served alongside the original British SAS, operating behind enemy lines to fight the German and Italian armies in the North African campaign. They also served in other special operations forces, including the Special Operations Executive (SOE) and Z Special Unit. [raw]

Malaya 1955-57
Thailand 1962
Borneo 1965-66
Vietnam 1969-71

Bougainville 1997-98
Kuwait 1998
East Timor 1999-2000
Afghanistan 2001-2012

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NZSAS Trust Grants

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Our grants focus on aiding personnel and their families with tertiary study, vocational training, children with special needs, educational tools, youth programmes or relief of hardship.

The NZSAS Trust supports serving or retired NZSAS members, their partners and dependant children.

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Time to heal

Tina Grant, Transition Officer for the NZ Defence forces, keeps soldiers and their families informed of the NZSAS Trust and what it can do for them. She has had personal experience with the Trust as a widow of an SAS soldier killed in action in 2011.

“At first I was too busy and overwhelmed with the changes in our lives to know what to do with the grant. But later, when things had settled down, I realised we all needed a break. That money was a great relief for us – it meant we could spend time together as a family and get away.”

The balance of the grant has gone into an education fund for her children. Tina was very grateful to the Trust for its support.

In pursuit of dreams

For a talented young performing arts student, and son of an ex-serving member, the NZSAS Trust provided an amazing headstart.

After winning the chance to perform and study at the acclaimed Globe Theatre in London, he requested financial assistance from the NZSAS Trust. With their generous support he was able to fundraise enough money to take a once in a lifetime opportunity.

After that life-changing experience, he went on to attain the Maori Academic Excellence Scholarship from the Auckland University, and has been accepted to study for a Bachelor of Music majoring in Classical Singing – a very prestigious programme with only 10-15 places per year.

He is incredibly grateful to the NZSAS for supporting him in the pursuit of his dreams, crediting his time at the Globe Theatre for his coveted place in the Classical Singing programme and his Scholarship from the University of Auckland.