|Hon Jerry Brownlee New Zealand Minister for Defence|
Every year the crowd is growing. The ceremony is, since last year, with more emotion because of the presence of the Defence Forces with a Catafalque Party and a Cultural Group. Soprano Carleen Ebbs from New Zealand buit resident in the UK was also performing during the ceremony.
|RADM Jack Steer New Zealand Chief of Navy|
Just before the start there was a light drizzling rain, but after the ceremony started the sky was very open. the sun was raising from the East over the butte during the ceremony and the birds were singing in the sky.
After the ceremony, public and dignitaries could place flax crosses from the Dolores Project on the graves of the New Zealand victims during the Winter of 1917-1918 on this cemetery. this area has been defended by New Zealand Force during this cold winter. It was called a quiet winter but the New Zealand losses were about 3,000 men!
|New Zealand Defence Cultural Group|
|Wreath Laying on behalf of the NZ Defence Forces|
|The Alderperson for Tourism on behalf of Waimakariri|
|During the NZ Hymn|
|A visit to New Zealand headstones on Butte's|
(c) Photos: Willy Roets