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Bill Henry “Willie” Apiata VC (born 28 June 1972 in Mangakino, New Zealand) is a former corporal in the New Zealand Special Air Service who became the first recipient of the Victoria Cross for New Zealand. He received the award on 2 July 2007 for bravery under fire during the Afghanistan conflict in 2004, after carrying a gravely wounded comrade across a battlefield, under fire, to safety.