Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Ceremony started in Fort Takapuna

Passchendaele Field of Remembrance at Fort Takapuna, Devonport
Sequence of a Ceremony to Place 5,000 Commemorative Crosses
Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Today, a few hours ago started the ceremonies and remembrance activities in Fort Takapuna with a very moving ceremony on the place where the 5,000 Commemorative Crosses will be placed.



Ceremony leaders have been Chris Mullane (MC), Norm Watson (Parks) together with Iwi Representatives and Community participants.

There was a brief speech of thanks by Deputy Mayor Julia Parfitt to those attending and contributing sponsors, at 6.30 pm the Ceremony commences:
· Bugler sounds Alert
· Mihi & Waahi tapu
· Alan Bloemendal, Bugler
· Heta Tobin, Kaumatua
followed by a General Introduction , Welcome, explanation of the purpose of Ceremony and the poem “Poppy & Pohutukawa” by Chris Mullane
at 6.42 pm the MC invites cross installation that was done by community groups and individuals. Piper John Graham plays throughout
· NSCC & Community Board lead the way
· NSCC Parks staff & contractors supervise

at 07.05 pm Bugler sounds Alert to signal end of installing crosses
Participants stand by crosses facing towards setting Sun & Vauxhall Road

at 07.06 pm Ode to the Fallen:
· Te Reo
· English
Minutes Silence
· Heta Tobin
by Jimmy Jones, President Devonport RSA

at 07.08 pm
· Piper plays short lament
· Bugler sounds Last Post

at 07.10 pm
Karakia – Whakaaria mai
Final Blessing by Heta Tobin
Led by George Ngatai & Beverly Rogers.

ending at 07.15 with Closure & Farewell by Chris Mullane

at 07.25 there was a Blessing of the Fort in preparation for installing the Exhibition
by Heta Tobin

more news and pictures will follow in the next hours

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