Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Young Kiwi speakers to represent NZ at Gallipoli 2015

Young Kiwi speakers to represent New Zealand at Gallipoli 2015


The RSA is delighted at the announcement made by Veterans' Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse today, that all eight regional finalists of the 2015 ANZ RSA Cyril Bassett VC Speech Competition will be included in a group of 25 Youth Ambassadors commemorating the centenary of Anzac Day in Gallipoli.

In previous years the national winner of the competition has travelled to Gallipoli to represent New Zealand youth. RSA National President, Don McIver, says the decision to also include the regional finalists recognises the extraordinary calibre of the secondary school students who take part in the competition, and adds a special dimension to the already prestigious event.

“The regional finalists are top young achievers from communities around New Zealand and every year we hear these students speak on the subject of war with maturity and eloquence. We know they will represent New Zealand with pride and spirit when they stand on the grounds of Gallipoli 100 years after our Anzac soldiers landed,” says Mr McIver.

The ANZ RSA Cyril Bassett VC Speech Competition is a partnership between the RSA and ANZ to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of the sacrifices made by those who have served New Zealand in armed conflicts overseas.

The competition, for year 12 and 13 students, is a tribute to Cyril Bassett, VC – the only New Zealander at Gallipoli to be awarded the Victoria Cross, and one who worked his entire career at ANZ Group.

Peter Parussini, Head of Corporate Affairs ANZ, says that as New Zealand's oldest and biggest bank ANZ is proud to be involved in a competition that connects younger New Zealanders with an event that helped define us as a nation.

"Cyril Bassett was a staff member before and after World War One and ANZ staff are proud that his name is associated with the competition," says Mr Parussini.

Registrations for the 2015 ANZ RSA Cyril Bassett VC Speech Competition will open in the last school term of this year. Regional finals are planned for early February next year, with the national final taking place shortly after in Wellington. Students will be asked to speak about ‘New Zealanders in World War One’. The national winner of the competition will perform their speech at the official Anzac Day commemorations in Gallipoli.

Mr McIver says the growing commitment of young people to attending dawn parades held by RSAs across the country shows us that young Kiwis have a keen interest in commemorating and remembering our nation’s service heritage.

“This is a remarkable opportunity for eight very special young people to have the experience of a lifetime.”

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Digital Evolution: Scoop Independent News Launches "Operation Chrysalis"

From today Scoop is beginning a process of public consultation with the political, business and civil society groups it has served for the past 15 and a half years.

"It is hoped that in time - with new leadership and increased community engagement - the chrysalis will incubate a new kind of Scoop, one which can sustainably continue Scoop's Mission 'to be an agent of positive change'", says Scoop Founder, Editor and Publisher Alastair Thompson.

"As big publishing shrivels, public participation in contributing and spreading news has grown. Scoop has evolved with this wave by providing an independent platform, committed to upholding democracy, providing a voice to all, and providing the public easy access to information about decisions which affect them." More>>

 

Parliament Adjourns:

Greens: CAA Airport Door Report Conflicts With Brownlee’s Claims

The heavily redacted report into the incident shows conflicting versions of events as told by Gerry Brownlee and the Christchurch airport security staff. The report disputes Brownlee’s claim that he was allowed through, and states that he instead pushed his way through. More>>

ALSO:

TAIC: Final Report On Grounding Of MV Rena

Factors that directly contributed to the grounding included the crew:
- not following standard good practice for planning and executing the voyage
- not following standard good practice for navigation watchkeeping
- not following standard good practice when taking over control of the ship. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On The Pakistan Schoolchildren Killings

The slaughter of the children in Pakistan is incomprehensibly awful. On the side, it has thrown a spotlight onto something that’s become a pop cultural meme. Fans of the Homeland TV series will be well aware of the collusion between sections of the Pakistan military/security establishment on one hand and sections of the Taliban of the other… More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf Satire:
The Politician’s Song

am a perfect picture of the modern politic-i-an:
I don’t precisely have a plan so much as an ambition;
‘Say what will sound most pleasant to the public’ is my main dictum:
And when in doubt attack someone who already is a victim More>>

ALSO:

Flight: Review Into Phillip Smith’s Escape Submitted To Government

The review follows an earlier operational review by the Department of Corrections and interim measures put in place by the Department shortly after prisoner Smith’s escape, and will inform the Government Inquiry currently underway. More>>

ALSO:

Intelligence: Inspector-General Accepts Apology For Leak Of Report

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, has accepted an unreserved apology from Hon Phil Goff MP for disclosing some of the contents of her recent Report into the Release of Information by the NZSIS in July and August 2011 to media prior to its publication. The Inspector-General will not take the matter any further. More>>

ALSO:

Drink: Alcohol Advertising Report Released

The report of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship has been released today, with Ministers noting that further work will be required on the feasibility and impact of the proposals. More>>

ALSO:

Other Report:

Leaked Cabinet Papers: Treasury Calls For Health Cuts

Leaked Cabinet papers that show that Government has been advised to cut the health budget by around $200 million is ringing alarm bells throughout the nursing and midwifery community. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news