Support for military reservists recognised

07 December 2011

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A major award for employers of military reservists has gone to The University of Auckland.

Employers of Army, Navy and Air Force reservists were recognised at a ceremony at the Army Centre in Ponsonby on 1 December. The University received a gold award and was named as the Territorial Forces Employer of the Year for the Auckland and Northland Region. It goes on to the national awards which will be held at Parliament early next year.

The awards recognise the contribution of the Faculty of Law in supporting Associate Professor David Grinlinton's service as a naval reservist.

Lieutenant Commander Grinlinton RNZNVR, to use his full naval title, has twice been deployed on active service overseas during the last five years for six months at a time. On both occasions he was able to take unpaid leave from the University.

In 2006-07 he served with the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team in Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan. From October 2010 until May this year he was posted to Timor-Leste as a United Nations Military Liaison Officer.

David says the faculty has been “very supportive over the last 21 years of my reserve involvement. It has given me leave as required while my colleagues have had to pick up extra work which has come their way as a result.”
More than 2200 territorial reservists serve in the NZ Defence Force including 500 from the Auckland/Northland region. Nominees for the awards came from the public and private sectors.

The annual awards, organised by the Employer Support Committees in the various regions, highlights the valuable contribution which organisations and businesses make to New Zealand’s operations in peacekeeping abroad and in domestic disaster relief at home — and particularly employers who have gone the extra mile to enable their employees to be reservists in the Army, Navy and Air Force.

Professor Bruce Harris accepted the award for the faculty on behalf of the Dean, Dr Andrew Stockley, who was overseas.