A Kiwi war veteran who served in some of the world's hot spots is appealing for the return of his treasured medals after they were stolen from his home.

Former soldier Patrick Tootell has posted a reward for anyone who has information leading to the return of six service medals awarded to him during active duty overseas.

The medals mark his time in Bosnia, East Timor and Afghanistan.

The Riverhead resident who has since retired from the army said the medals were stolen in a break-in around Halloween.


"We got in the house to find drawers open and found various things missing."

A number of small articles were also stolen in the burglary including trinkets, fake jewellery and lapel badges from his wife's collection. Other items of value were left untouched.

Tootell said the mounted medal collection held special memories for him recognising the service in conflicts around the globe. It also represented the close bonds of those he served alongside.

"It's not just a reminder of the friends I made but of those who have passed on who were with me when the medals were presented," he said.

"They have a sentimental value and something that I was wanting to pass on to my children and grandchildren."

Although he could order replacement medals, he hoped he could be reunited the original set.

This week he would be distributing leaflets around Riverhead and at second-hand traders in Kumeu and Henderson.