NZVSNew Zealand Vegetarian Society
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She also conducted interviews in Wellington for women interested in joining the NZVS. (6) After being examined by the honorary medical adviser, Dr J.M.
The work of the NZVS in Trentham and at Oriental Bay was very well received but doubts were being expressed as to the suitability of the sisters entering the nursing service as probationaries and the suitability of untrained nurses going to Egypt.
(12) The relative success of the NZVS raised concerns among those organisations already established to look after the needs of the sick and wounded.
In 1916, the NZVS in Egypt marked the first ANZAC day by picking flowers from the wreaths of each grave site and writing letters to the soldiers' families.
In March 1917, the New Zealand Soldiers' Club was opened at Ismailia and was run by the NZVS. (18) The sisters had onLy signed on for a year, but Rout asked them to extend their terms of service.
Rout's outspoken attitudes to sexual health created a great concern among NZVS members, with five of them publishing a letter distancing themselves from Rout and her VD campaign.
Very few of the NZVS received any official recognition back in New Zealand, but the Serbian Government recognised Stephens and Kerr for their work with the Scottish Women's Hospital Unit with the Croix de la Misericorde.
The NZVS may not have reached its full potential, or have received official recognition in New Zealand but I am sure they made a difference to the welfare of soldiers at war and gave comfort to families at home.
NZVS 1993 data show that 40% of respondents thought people should take more responsibility.
SOURCES: ISSP 1997; NZES 1990, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2005; NZVS 1989, 1998, 2004 (postal survey, cited in Perry, p.c).