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ANZAC celebrations in Te Anau
were made more poignant this
year with the renaming of the park
that hosts the service as ANZAC
The day before hundreds were
set to congregate for the annual
remembrance service, Southland
District Council staff and Fiordland
Returned and Services Association
members gathered for the
installation of a sign dedicated to
New Zealand’s fallen soldiers.
Fiordland RSA secretary Bob Yates
said the organisation had sought
an official dedication for some
time, and that the reserve would
“A few years ago we asked the
council to consider a street name
where appropriate, but for some
reason or other it got overlooked,”
SDC area engineer Nick Lewis
came up with this idea to rename
the entire reserve, formerly known
as Little Lake Te Anau, Mr Yates
“Getting this reserve gazetted
as a permanent reserve, we are
delighted,” he said. “I’d just like to
thank the council for giving us this
land. It’s now hallowed ground as
far as I’m concerned.”
Fiordland RSA president Ray
Speden said the branch formed
here in 1997, and currently had
four returned veterans, 26 service
members, and 51 associate
Fiordland RSA padre Doug
Stevenson blessed the sign as the
concrete was setting, and said
it addressed a broader need to
encourage a culture of honour for
those who serve.
“As [people] come to this place
and they read this sign, it’s our
desire I’m sure that they will be
blessed and take something back
with them to the place they live.”
Crowds had been building at
ANZAC services nationally in
recent years, something of a
resurgence in appreciation among
young people, Mr Stevenson said.
“Younger generations feel like
history has passed them by,
there’s a hunger to get a sense of
redress and connectedness.”
On the morning of the 25th,
hundreds lined Te Anau’s main
street and followed the procession
of military vehicles and pipers to
the new ANZAC Reserve, where
speakers and songs paid tribute
to those who lost their lives in the
first World War.
Former Fiordland RSA president
Roddy MacRae shared his
experiences of growing up in
wartime New Zealand.
“During the time us kids used
to gather up anything we could:
wood, steel, rubber. The clothing
we wore was handed down, or we
would wear sugar sacks. We could
get into Riverton once a month.”
While he didn’t want to weigh into
a political debate, Mr MacRae said
the New Zealand flag held great
value to him and many others.
“To see the New Zealand flag
flying, it represents liberty,
freedom and democracy, gained
for us by the sacrifice of those who
we remember and honour today.”
Reserve dedicated for ANZAC remembrance
By Brendan McBryde
Fiordland RSA padre
ANZAC Reserve sign
after its installation
Pipers lead the public procession to Te Anau’s newly named ANZAC reserve on
PHOTO: Brendan McBryde
in association with St John
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