Michael Woodhouse, Janine, Lady Mateparae and
Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae at Gallipoli last
month. Photo supplied.
Dunedin list MP Michael Woodhouse has upset a family by
mistakenly claiming a link to the Gallipoli campaign.
The Minister of Veterans' Affairs told the ODT last month Trooper Frank
Woodhouse, of the Otago Mounted Rifles, was his great-uncle.
He found the name on a memorial on the Gallipoli peninsula
commemorating New Zealanders killed in the campaign.
''It was a profound experience and I do feel a little more
''There was even a photo of him. He looked not too dissimilar
to me; he had some of the Woodhouse features.''
However it has emerged that the trooper shared only the
Woodhouse surname with the MP.
Family spokesman Gareth Woodhouse told Fairfax media the
trooper was his great-uncle and the family had his medals.
He had emailed the minister who replied with a
"The family feels Michael Woodhouse should have done more
research before making claims to the media about Frank
Michael Woodhouse said he now accepted the man was not his
great uncle and regretted any upsetting the family.
"I certainly didn't intend to offend them," he said.