In March 2016, Peter Kennedy presents a lecture series on New Zealand’s involvement on the Western Front in Mosgiel, Gore, Christchurch and Auckland.
Following the Gallipoli campaign, New Zealand Forces joined the campaigns in France & Belgium and played a major role on the Western Front battlegrounds where over 80% of New Zealand casualties were suffered. One person in ten of New Zealand’s then population of 1,000,000 served overseas during the First World War, of whom more than 18,000 died and over 40,000 were wounded.
During the First World War Centenary, learn more about New Zealand’s involvement on the Western Front and about the opportunity to attend the 100th anniversary commemorations of the Battle of Longueval (Somme Offensive) in September 2016 and the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele in October 2017.
About the speaker
Peter Kennedy was New Zealand Ambassador to the EU, NATO and Belgium from 2007 until August 2011. He visited Afghanistan with other NATO/ISAF Ambassadors in 2009. A graduate of VUW law school Peter attended the Senior Management Programme of the JFK School of Government at Harvard and was previously Ambassador to Korea from 1993-95. Prior to this appointment he was International Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister during the Gulf War (and the Kuwait hostage crisis) and the period of New Zealand’s last election to the UN Security Council.
He participated in the 90th anniversary commemorations of Passchendaele and has spoken on a number of occasions at the Menin Gate, in Messines and at Tyne Cot cemetery.
Both his parents served in North Africa and Italy with the NZ Division during World War II and his great grandfather's brother, David Kennedy, fought and died with the Seaforth Highlanders in WWI. He is buried near Ieper (Ypres).
About Innovative Travel
WWI Specialists, Innovative Travel has organised WWI & WWII tours for over 25 years and assisted over 300 New Zealanders to attend the 100th anniversary commemorations at Gallipoli in April 2015, followed by a group to Chunuk Bair in August. In September 2016, there will be an opportunity to be present at the 100th anniversary commemorations of the Battle of Longueval (Somme Offensive) and in October 2017 at the Battle of Passchendaele 100th commemorations.
Dunedin: Mosgiel RSA – 6 Church St
Tuesday 15 March, 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm (arrival from 5.30)
Gore: Gore District Memorial RSA – 12 Civic Ave
Wednesday 16 March, 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm (arrival from 5.30)
Christchurch with NZIIA: Christchurch RSA – 74 Armagh St (upstairs)
Thursday 17 March, 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm (arrival from 5.30)
Auckland: Birkenhead RSA – Recreation Drive, Auckland
Tuesday 22 March, 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm (arrival from 5.30)
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