Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


New Zealand first to mark First World War Centenary

New Zealand first to mark First World War Centenary


A ceremony to mark the beginning of the First World War for New Zealand will take place on Monday 4 August in Parliament Grounds, Wellington, from 9.00am. Public are welcome to attend the ceremony, which will also be webcast live onwww.youtube.com/WW100nz .

In 1914, Britain’s proclamation of war was read out to an excited Wellington audience of 15,000 in the grounds of the New Zealand Parliament by Lord Liverpool, Governor of New Zealand. With a sense of duty and adventure, New Zealand men rushed to sign up to fight for King and country, ready to cross the globe to reach the European battlefields before the ‘short war’ ended. Ten percent of our population of one million served overseas, of which more than 18,000 died and over 40,000 were wounded. Nearly every New Zealand family was affected.

Led by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Prime Minister, and the Leader of the Opposition, the programme for this ceremony is available herehttp://ww100.govt.nz/national-ceremonies . The original proclamation of war will be read from the steps of Parliament Buildings and members of the New Zealand Defence Force, dressed in First World War replica uniforms, will lower the flags on Parliament forecourt, with the support of the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band. The Last Post will be played and the Ode read. At the conclusion of the ceremony, invited guests will place the last ten crosses on the Field of Remembrance Trust’s field of 100 white crosses on the Parliamentary lawn.

As part of the ceremony, members of the 16th Field Regiment of the Royal New Zealand Artillery will fire a 100-Gun Salute from the waterfront in front of Te Papa at approximately 9.20am. This will also be webcast live on www.youtube.com/WW100nz .

“WW100, our programme for the First World War centenary, focuses on New Zealand’s experience of the war at home and overseas,” says Hon Christopher Finlayson, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage and Minister responsible for WW100. “This ceremony is the first national commemoration in a programme that is largely community-led supported by Government initiatives and national and international commemorations and projects.”

New Zealand will be the first on 4th August to formally mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. Australia will mark the date with an evening Last Post ceremony at the Australian War Memorial Museum. His Excellency The Governor-General, Sir Jerry Mataparae, will represent New Zealand at the Commonwealth ceremony at Glasgow Cathedral, Hon Tony Ryall will attend a concurrent ceremony at Liege in Belgium. New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Great Britain, Hon Lockwood Smith, will attend a vigil at Westminster Cathedral.

Other related events on 4 August include a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior by New Zealand Defence Force Service chiefs and events for the launch of NZ Post’s First World War commemorative stamps and coins including a Memorial March from Queens Wharf to Te Papa in Wellington.

An overview of the WW100 programme, annual themes and historical information is available here http://ww100.govt.nz/about . Media resources including images and the WW100 symbol are here http://ww100.govt.nz/for-media .

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

John McBeth: Our World Cup All Blacks

Forty or fifty years ago nobody really had any idea of what the selectors had in mind. There were often several trials, which sometimes featured over 150 players, possibly an inter island match or a final trial, then we listened to the announcement of the team on radio. The players weren't flown into the capital for a parliamentary function... More>>

ALSO:

Game Review: Midsomer Murders Meets First Year Philosophy

Developed by The Chinese Room, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture sees the player exploring what appears to be a recently abandoned idyllic English village trying to figure out where everybody's gone. Spoiler: they've gone to the rapture. (On a serious note, this review contains plot spoilers.) More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Clear Science

It was really after his move to Wellington, to Victoria University, that it became apparent that Sir Paul Cllaghan was much more than an eminent physicist... More>>

ALSO:

Francis Cook: Weekend SportzMania! All Blacks! Netball!

Sports were on all weekend. I normally don’t write about sports but with Richie McCaw tipped to be the next Prime Minister, and Colin Craig arguing sports are almost as important as politics, I thought “what better time to start!” More>>

ALSO:

Beervana: Aussie Pav Beer Declared Taste Of NZ

In a surprising upset, an Australian beer modelled on the pavlova, created by Brisbane brewery Newstead Brewing, the 250 Beers blog and Scratch Bar, has been announced the winner at the Beervana craft beer festival ‘Flag Brew’ competition, which challenged media and brewing teams to capture the distinctive taste of New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news