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New Zealand Secondary Schools Passchendaele Centennial Tour

Written by on November 16th, 2017.      0 comments


Our young people remember

   Ten secondary school students jointly won the Ministry of Education, Fields of Remembrance Trust and Passchendaele Society digital competition about the Battle of Passchendaele. The winners - two group entries and one individual entry - came from St Paul’s Collegiate, Rotorua Girls’ High School and St Margaret’s College.
   The prize was a trip to Belgium to attend formal commemorative events in recognition of the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele.

Road sign for Passendaele

   In a very comprehensive itinerary prepared by Students Horizons, also a supporter of the competition, the students visited cemeteries and memorials, battlefields and museums in both France and Belgium. They attended commemorations at the Menin Gate, the National Commemoration Service at the Tyne Cot Cemetery and the opening of the New Zealand Memorial and Garden. Their final days were spent in Amsterdam, visiting the Jewish Quarter and Anne Frank house and museum for a very sad reminder of the horrors of WWII.
Somme battlefield cemetery
 Somme graveyard, photo by Alexandra Lay
Students at Menin Gate ceremony
At Menin Gate, photo from Student Horizons
Prince William at Passchendaele Centenary
Prince William speaks at ceremony, photo by Alexandra Lay
New Zealand Memorial and Garden
New Zealand Memorial and Garden, photo from Student Horizons
Students at the Messines memorial statueNZ soldier statue at Messines, photo from Students Horizons Memorial sculpture
Photo from Student Horizons

‘We couldn’t believe the huge number of New Zealanders killed, some as young as 19"
It was a time of learning, sharing and reflection. The trip was described as a journey of a lifetime!
Students in a field of poppies
In Flanders Fields, photo by Kayla Kautai


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At the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month an Armistice was signed ending the Great War.

War in the desert

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The war in the Middle East. "...we were just about a forgotten unit on a forgotten front."

Passchendaele Offensive Field of Remembrance

Written by on October 10th, 2017.      0 comments

Two thousand four hundred and twelve New Zealanders died in the Passchendaele Offensive that began 31 July and ended 30 November 1917.

Mates on the Field

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Mates on the Field event at Eden Park 4 October 2017

Battle of Broodseinde Commemorations

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Programme for the planned commemorations at Eden Park.

In their own words

Written by Juliana Austen on August 5th, 2017.      0 comments

In their own words

Battle of Passchendaele competition winners announced

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Battle of Passchendaele competition links to winning entries.

Messines has never forgotten them

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Remembering New Zealanders in Messines, Belgium.

Battle of Messines

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Battle of Messines 7th June 1917.

Castle Kids Kindergarten commemorate ANZAC Day

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Castle Kids Kindergarten commemorate ANZAC Day

Aftermath   Siegfried Sassoon  March 1919

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A poem to commemorate ANZAC Day.

ANZ Bank

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"Together we're honouring a century of the ANZAC spirit"



1917 A trail of Remembrance in Messines

Written by Juliana Austen on February 1st, 2017.      0 comments

In 1917 the New Zealanders moved into Belgium and began fighting in "Flanders Fields". On the 7th of June the Battle of Messines began with the detonation of 19 huge underground bombs - 10,000 German soldiers were killed in the blast and it rattled teacups in London. Fierce fighting continued for several days, by the time the New Zealand Division was relieved on 9 June, it had 3700 casualties, including 700 dead.

1916 3412 New Zealand lives lost

Written by Juliana Austen on January 1st, 2017.      0 comments

World War I New Zealand soldiers erecting a commemorative cross to those who died in the Somme Battle, 1916. 
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The Fields of Remembrance Trust was established in 2012 to honour those who served and died for our nation during World War One.

The Trust is made up of the Passchendaele Society, the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association, New Zealand (RNZRSA) representIng all local RSAs, and the Auckland RSA. It is a registered charity.