Lest we forget: a moment to remember, in an autumn dawn

This morning my wife and I rose in the cold pre-dawn hour and – like an awful lot of New Zealanders today – made our way to a public ceremony remembering all our war dead. We have done this many times, but this moment carried particular poignancy because it also marked the centenary of the … More Lest we forget: a moment to remember, in an autumn dawn

The Gallipoli centenary: we must remember them

The centenary of New Zealand’s landings on Gallipoli, this weekend, is also a moment to remember all New Zealand’s war dead. We know who they were; their names are inscribed into memorials from Bluff to Kaitaia, from Palestine to Egypt, to North Africa, to Italy, France, Belgium and many other places. Here is a list … More The Gallipoli centenary: we must remember them

Remembering the whole of New Zealand’s First World War…

As we count down  to the centenary of the Anzac landings on Gallipoli – 25 April – we need to remember that New Zealand’s First World War was far larger than just that campaign. Our soldiers fought from France to Gallipoli to Palestine – and this last campaign, in sharp contrast to the other two, was … More Remembering the whole of New Zealand’s First World War…

Building up to the solemn moment of remembrance

There’s definitely a First World War buzz around New Zealand at the moment, as the days count down to the centenary of the landings on Gallipoli. Just last week the Wellington cenotaph upgrade was finally completed – a new plaza and stairway leading from the monument up the hill to Parliament buildings. All is rolling … More Building up to the solemn moment of remembrance