Willie Apiata had left the Army to invest his considerable skills with at-risk youth:
New Zealand’s only living recipient of the Victoria Cross, Corporal Willie Apiata, is leaving the military.
Prime Minister John Key has revealed Apiata is leaving the SAS to work for the youth charity High Wire Trust.
The Trust, which has an outdoor pursuits centre in Papakura, helps at-risk young people.
“I’m sure he’ll do a great job out there,” Key said.
“He’ll be a great role model for them.”
Apiata had advised the Defence Force several months ago that he intended to leave the regular force but he would remain a member of the reserves.