A policeman left lying in a pool of blood after he was shot four times last year in Auckland was back in uniform on Thursday with a big smile and crutches.
Constable Jeremy Snow and his colleague were investigating a car at a Papatoetoe house three days before Christmas when he was shot.
One of the shots hit him in the leg, badly damaging a major blood vessel, and Snow nearly bled to death before he was rescued by colleagues and rushed to hospital.
On Thursday Snow, 28, was at the annual Counties Manukau police district pay parade in Papakura.
"I would have loved to have joined the parade," he told the New Zealand Herald.
He says it has been a slow recovery but he hopes to be back at work soon, possibly behind a desk.
The parade was attended by more than 400 officers and Police Minister Judith Collins gave him a special mention.
"I am pleased to see Constable Jeremy Snow here on crutches, but in uniform, and that's just the way we want to see him."
Collins also mentioned Constable John Connolly, who was badly injured breaking up a fight between youths in Tuakau, south of Auckland, last month.
"He is very unwell and we all wish him a speedy recovery," she says.