Anzac 2019 was very important in New Zealand, particularly after the Christchurch massacre. In Auckland alone, more than 50 services were cancelled following the increased security required with the country still deemed to be ‘high’ in terms of security risk.
Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand has traditionally attended our local service in Newmarket, hosted by the Newmarket Business Association.
PTI NZ lay a wreath in recognition of Pacific Island servicemen and women.
The business association won the right to continue with their service but this the intimate procession and service of probably 200 businesses, politicians, servicemen and women and local schoolchildren and scouts was joined by 15 mainly armed police officers.
Newmarket Business Association CEO Mark Thomas-Knoff was the Master of Ceremonies and Epsom MP David Seymour addressed the gathering. Both are great supporters of PTI.
Trade Commissioner Michael Greenslade attended with his wife Kate daughter Annabel and two dogs to lay the wreath.
As the service was finishing our delegation was passed by a slow flag-bearing motorcade heading to the civic service at the Auckland War Memorial Museum and were waved at by Prince William!
Many of us did not know he had travelled so far to be with us as we celebrated the lives of those who served in conflict.
Lest we forget…
– Reported by Michael Greenslade, PTI NZ Trade & Investment Commissioner