An exhibition in the city of Dunedin at Toitū (Otago Settlers Museum) explores the stories of enlistment and departure, conscientious objection and conscription, the horrors and honours of war. In one section titled “Dissenters” they present primary documents on those who refused to fight. The caption on the display said;
“Most Dunedin citizens strongly supported the war effort. Some small groups and individuals, however, refused to participate for political, religious or moral reasons. But...
2014 marks the 150th birthday of New Zealand's oldest Army regiment, Queen Alexandra's Mounted Rifle.
To mark this milestone, the regiment which is based at Linton, paraded around The Square in Palmerston North on Saturday.
Soldiers, riflemen on horseback and small tanks were all part of this spectacle which attracted many people from around the Manawatu, even on a day which was very drizzly and breezy! Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae inspected the horses.
Fresh crêpes, cobbled streets, photo booths and Parisiens smoking with cool refinement. Polished marble floors with a glassy sheen, wrought-iron lattices and metro stations flashing by in lights of dull grey. These are the things I remember about Paris. As soon as the Young Ambassadors touched down on French soil, we entered a place where history and modernity walk alive in the streets.
Our first week of the tour was a whirlwind of tourist attractions and grand military parades along with...
I have finally settled in and stopped living out of my suitcase after an unforgettable trip to France and Belgium. I am so grateful that I had the chance to experience this once in a lifetime trip with such amazing people. Since I have been back I have presented the amazing events we encountered, to my school, family and friends, the Eltham Lions, Stratford Genealogy group a maori radio station and to some local papers.
Over the last week the two Year 12 History classes at Baradene College have each visited the first exhibition to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War at the Auckland War Memorial Museum in Auckland, New Zealand. This very good exhibition ‘Entangled Islands: Sāmoa, New Zealand and the First World War’ looks at the New Zealand invasion of German Sāmoa which took place on 29 August 1914. This event would entangle New Zealand and Sāmoa together and have a lasting impact on the cultures...
I guess now that I am home and rested I should update my blog!
First off I want to make a half apology for not updating whilst I was actually in France. I along with the rest of the Young Ambassadors was preoccupied with the wonderful sights and sensations that France and Belgium offered us. I had an incredibly amazing time and really want to thank everyone who supported me in getting there! You are incredibly generous people and I would like to mention you here:
We were very glad to meet the young ambassadors in Péronne last Friday. We met in front of the museum of the Great War that they were about to visit. Among them there was Huia, a young student from our partner school ( Stratford)! So, we were lucky to meet her!
It’s a shame that we are actually on summer holidays otherwise we’d have liked to take a few of our students to meet them.
Vendredi dernier nous avons eu la chance et le plaisir de...