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Welcome in France

19 January 2014 - 1:39am -- Thierry Kominowski

Dear Sirs,

I am the French owner of a gîte near Le Quesnoy, Vertigneul and Romeries : three places where New-Zeland military cimeteries can be found.

If any of your citizens have planned to commemorate the WW1 and visit North of France, could you inform them that they can use my gîte for free from 2014 November the 9th to 2014 November 14th ?

The gîte is "le café de Joséphine" perfect for 4 persons.

Yours sincerely,

Thierry Kominowski

17, rue des Barres

59218 Neuville-en-Avesnois

Rugby Tests

9 January 2014 - 11:43am -- Sir John Holms

Can we have the NZ and Australian Rugby Unions organising a couple of test matches between the ANZACs and a combined UK/ French Team? Two tests in Paris and Twickenham and two tests in Sydney and Auckland. The curtain-raisers should be between a combined services side from those same countries. The Gallipoli campaign wasn't just NZ and Australia. But it included those other nations as well. And just to complete the scenario the referee should be a Canadian as they also served on Gallipoli.

Published song for W.W.1

5 January 2014 - 3:16am -- bonny clark

I am a published song writer and have written a song called 'Soldier Boy'. It is published by World Domination Music Ltd. It is currently being played on the radio as far as Scotland (East Coast f.m).I have had very good feed back from listeners who said they were very moved by the song. The pictures to the video are original W.W.1 photos. This is my Help For Heroes Song, if there is any way you can use this please let me know.


Women's Involvement in WW1

16 December 2013 - 11:23pm -- Hilary Lapsley

The Women's Studies Association of New Zealand (WSA) is just starting to discuss holding one or more local events (Auckland, Wellington and perhaps elsewhere) to explore women's involvement in WW1 and the wider topic of women and war. WSA is an organisation promoting feminist scholarship and activism: www.wsanz.org.nz.  Contact the convenor, Hilary Lapsley ([email protected]), if you have ideas for or are interested in getting involved in planning such an event.

ANZAC by name ANZAC by nature

16 November 2013 - 8:09pm -- Nigel Christensen

During WWI my Grand Father Arthur Harley Boulton served for the AIF in France.

The link for his record is here.


Then in WWII having moved to NZ he served for the NZ Army in the Pacific as a Warrant Officer. 

1. I was wanting a list to be made of all military personnel who served in both War Wars for NZ / Aus or both.

Why we celebrate WWI

13 November 2013 - 8:33am -- Winston Hindmarsh

An indirect benefit of the celebration in modern time is the opportunity to consider the realities of war and allow some modern sentiment to gently promote peace without detracting from the valour of those who died in national service and the contribution they made for our country.  My idea is that one of our official speakers (from the government ranks) undertakes this role in a diplomatic way that mentions the ideals of conscientious objectors and which makes NZ contribution at ANZAC Cove a distinct and newsworthy contribution.

The Forest of Heros

8 November 2013 - 6:00pm -- Gordon McTavish

My idea is to create a forest of native trees, such as Kauri or Totara to be known as the Forest of Heros . One tree (seedling) would be  planted for each of the 18,308 New Zealanders who died in the service of their country in WW 1.

What tree should be planted? 

The most appropriate tree would be selected according to Maori tradition for their strength, height or place in Maori legend. eg Kauri - Tane Mahuta (king of the forest) or Totara (the great chief) etc.timber.