In true Anzac spirit, an Australian Vietnam War veteran has got his stolen war medals back - thanks to the quick thinking of a Kiwi.
Reg Meffert, 63, will now be able to wear his medals at tomorrow's Anzac Day service after they were stolen in a house burglary in Heathcote this week.
He and his partner phoned city second-hand shops asking them to watch out for the seven service medals in case the burglar tried to sell them.
So when a man and woman arrived at Chalon Stamps in Gloucester St on Wednesday with two medals, owner Peter Whittaker knew what to do. Asked if they had any more, the woman got the rest out of their car. Mr Whittaker took all of them, and said, "they are stolen and I am going to call the police".
The man and woman took off. They were last seen driving west on Gloucester St in a white Subaru Impreza about 3pm.
Mr Meffert said he was impressed with Mr Whittaker's actions and the response by the police, who gave the medals back to Mr Meffert this morning. "I'm very happy. They've done a really good job. The things are too hard to get to lose like that," he said.
Mr Meffert served in Vietnam for about a year and is now a country singer based in Regency Downs - between Brisbane and Toowoomba. He is in New Zealand visiting family. He returned to Christchurch from the West Coast last night and, as planned, will wear the medals while marching with his son at tomorrow's Anzac parade in Sumner.