Monday, 11 November 2013

Message from Seán Brosnahan, Curator of Otago Settlers Museum in Dunedin:

Message from Seán Brosnahan,  Curator of Otago Settlers Museum in Dunedin:

My colleague Will has the job of hanging appropriate flags over the Museum to mark special days.  Today, being Armistice Day, we have the flags of Belgium and New Zealand flying together.  It is also Poland’s national day so their flag occupies the third pole above the Museum. 



Of course we are very proud that our Flag has been chosen on Armistice Day. 
We are very grateful for this.

Today we will welcome 120 All Black Supporters who are in Flanders coming from Paris.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Important Visitors from New Zealand in Passchendaele

Hon Chris Finlayson
Yesterday, 14 October we've got a very important visitor from New Zealand.They are preparing the centennial from a New Zealand perspective.
The Hon Chris Finlayson was visiting the Battlefield in Flanders and the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 in Zonnebeke. Later this week they will visit the Battlefields of France.He was with the New Zealand Ambassador for Belgium H.E. Mrs Paula Wilson and Brigadier Lofty Hayward and LtCol Mike Beale from the High Commission in London. Andrew Matheson, Director of New Zealand First World War Centenary Programme was also with his party.
Andrew Matheson

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Lest we Forget 12 October 1917

96th Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of Passchendaele  - Saturday 12th October 2013

12 October hasn't been forgotten by our friends of the Waimakariri-Passchendaele Trust and the people of Waiamakariri.Earlier today there was a ceremony at the Kaiapoi War Memorial.

Their was also the Annual Commemoration Ceremony of the Battle of Passchendaele, in the WW1 Hall of Memories at Auckland War Memorial Museum.  The Guest Speaker was Major General David Gawn MBE, Chief of Army.  An ensemble from the New Zealand Army Band and Auckland Choral participate. This was organised by the Passchendaele Society Inc.

Kaiapoi Memorial
United in Friendship

from left to right Lieve Bierque, Honorary Consul of Belgium, David Ayers, Mayor of Waimakariri, Jo Kane, Honorary Citizen of Zonnebeke
the wreath on the right on behalf of the People of Zonnebeke