DUNCAN Peter James

New Zealand Bravery Medal
Special Honours List 29 January 2005
On 1 October 2001 a dangerous bank robber entered a bank in Akaroa wearing a balaclava and armed with a rifle. He pointed the gun at the two tellers and demanded the contents of the tills. As he was leaving, he passed a customer entering the bank who, seeing what had happened, raised the alarm. At this, the robber ran away. Mr Duncan was nearby and observed the robber carrying a gun and being chased by Mr Paul Chandler and decided to assist. The two men were then joined by Mr Graham Jones and all three pursued the robber down an alleyway. Realising he was being chased, the robber stopped and pointed the firearm at them. He then turned around and continued to run. The three men also continued their pursuit. The robber then got into a stolen vehicle. Mr Duncan caught up with it and tried to open the driver's door, but was unsuccessful. He recorded the registration number, which was later given to Police. The assistance of Mr Duncan and the two other men and the information they gave the Police resulted in the subsequent apprehension and conviction of three men.

New Zealand Bravery Medal