Minister for Veterans, the Hon Meka Whaitiri announced today that two new conditions associated with Agent Orange exposure have been added to the Prescribed Conditions List.
Under the 2006 Memorandum of
Understanding signed between the Crown and representatives of Vietnam veterans
and the Royal New Zealand RSA. Vietnam veterans in New Zealand who have these
conditions are eligible for an ex gratia payment of $40,000.
Prescribed Conditions are
those for which the United States National Academy of Sciences considers there
is scientific evidence of association with exposure to Agent Orange. The two
new conditions on the list are monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined
significance (MGUS) and hypertension.