YORWARTH, Kevin Andrew
A51980, Warrant Officer Class One, Royal New Zealand Army Logistic Regiment (The Duke of York’s Own)

CITATION
NZ Distinguished Service Decoration
WO1 Yorwarth was serving in Tonga when riots broke out on 16 November 2006, leading to widespread destruction.  After moving his family to
safety, he volunteered his services to the NZ High Commission. He then planned and led the evacuation of staff to the Residence when the High
Commission was in direct danger of fire and potential looters.  In the following days, despite fatigue and ongoing risk, he acted as escort for High
Commission staff.  He also escorted and assisted the Consular Officer to negotiate with a group of anxious Chinese people seekingaccess to the
Residence and transported them to a safe place. Concurrently, he continued to collect information about the disturbances and maintained critical
communications equipment for the High Commission.  His local knowledge and the intelligence he gathered proved invaluable to the combined New
Zealand and Australian Defence Forces task force, which deployed to Tonga to restore order.







AWARDS
NZ Distinguished Service Decoration
NZ Operational Service Medal
NZ General Service Medal
bar SINAI
NZ East Timor Medal
UN Transitional Authority East Timor (UNTAET)
NZ Army Long Service & Good Conduct Medal
NZ Defence Service Medal
Regular
Multinational Force and Observers Medal

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