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8 — Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, April 23, 2014 www.times.co.nz AREAS OF INTEREST: Dr Mona Ponnen Onecare Medical Centre 125359 Dr Mona Ponnen ANZAC DAY 2014 - CENTENARY COMMEMORATIONS Special remembrance FOR me, Anzac Day is one of the most special days of the year and I know I’m not alone. Every year I stand in the pre-dawn light, shoulder to shoulder with members of our defence forces, our veterans, our community leaders, and friends and family members of those who have served. We will not forget our countrymen and women who fought for the free- dom and peace we enjoy today, who nursed or served as drivers or volun- teers’ aides, and the impact war has had on our communities. The numbers around the ceno- taphs and community memorials don’t decline, as new generations come along to honour the sacrifices of those who went before us, often proudly wearing the service medals of their forebears. This year we approach the cen- tenary of the First World War, the conflict that bound us together as a nation, which affected almost every family and settlement throughout New Zealand. From our first troops involved in the occupation of German Samoa in August 1914, to Anzac troops fighting side by side at Gallipoli in 1915 and our blackest day at Passchendaele in 1917, the Great War took more than 100,000 Kiwis overseas out of a pop- ulation of just over one million. The ripples of absence and loss were felt throughout New Zealand society, as families and communities worked hard to keep homes, busi- nesses and farms running at home, and overseas 18,000 were killed and 40,000 wounded. Over the coming years, Auckland and New Zealand will be commem- orating not only those who served overseas, but those affected at home, as part of the national WW100 com- memoration programme led by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage. It’s also important we recognise that many of our new Aucklanders’ families may have experienced war in different but equally significant ways. The Auckland Council will be working alongside the Government and the Auckland War Memorial Museum, as well as other regional and community organisations, to mark the centenary. In August, we launch two initia- tives; a heritage trail of Auckland’s First World War sites of significance, and the Auckland Libraries’ Our Boys, Our Families website, where people can find out about those who served and those who stayed behind during the war years. One stop along the heritage trail will be the stained glass window at Howick’s St Andrew’s Church Cen- tre, created in memory of Private Gordon William McCulloch, killed in action in France in August 1918 at just 21, and the roll of honour in the neighbouring chapel recording the men in the presbytery who lost their lives during the first year of the war. We are upgrading and restor- ing many cenotaphs and memorials across the region, and we encour- age community groups and our local boards to hold local commemorative events through the centenary years. Howick and its neighbouring areas have a proud tradition of honouring all those who have served, from the Royal New Zealand Fencibles to the annual dawn ceremony on Stockade Hill, and I know that will be no dif- ferent as we mark WW100 this year. TROOP MOVEMENTS: New Zealand soldiers march to the front on October 13, 1917, during the first Battle of Passchendaele in Belgium. The photo was taken by Henry Armytage Sanders. Photo supplied /Archives NZ Len Brown Mayor of Auckland BOTANY BEAT is a free community notice-board for non-profit groups. Send notices to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax 271 8073, post to PO Box 259-243 Botany, Auckland 2163 or drop into our office at Times House, 50 Stonedon Dr, East Tamaki. Anzac concert SONGS on Sunday’s Anzac concert is at Harlequin Musical Theatre (behind Howick Community Centre) 563 Pakuranga Road, on April 27 at 4pm. Entry is $5 at the door and includes a cuppa and biscuits. Building blocks BUILD and create on the last Sunday of every month at Highland Park Library from 10am to 3pm. Phone 535-5935. Meccano workshop THE Junior Engineer’s Club is run- ning a Meccano workshop for kids aged seven to 12 in the second week of the school holidays. Learn how to use nuts and bolts and construct working models with Meccano. Two-hour workshop, all parts supplied, $20 a child. Book- ings are essential. They’re at Highland Park Community House, April 30, 1pm, and Beachlands Log Cabin, Sunkist Bay, May 1, 1pm. Phone 536-4188 or 027-671- 6004 for more details. East AGLOW BE UPLIFTED and join us for an inspir- ing Holy Spirit gathering with visiting speaker Brian Francis from Charisma Ministries. The Aglow International meeting is at Te Tuhi Centre, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga, from 9.30am on April 30. Phone Laraine on 537-4070. Middle Ages THE Middle Ages was a tough time, could you survive it? Can you avoid dangerous plagues, superstitious neigh- bours, witch-finders and maraud- ing knights? Then come to Pakuranga Library on April 28 from 10.30-11.30am. Old-time knights TRAVEL back to the Middle Ages and the age of chivalry at Howick Library on April 28, 10.30-11.30am. Create a knight costume then join the parade. Children’s market HOWICK Kids Market is on April 26 at the Picton Centre, 120 Picton Street. It’s a market for kids run by kids. Grab a bargain where children are selling their old toys, games, books, clothes, puzzles and more. Entry is free. Roman holiday CREATE paper Roman mosaics with different designs to choose from on April 28. On April 29, pesky pirates and other plays is an interactive story time session. At Highland Park Library, 10.30-11.30am. Gone to seed HOWICK Floral Art Club meets on April 28 at Howick Bowling Club, Selwyn Road, starting at 1pm. The title for the club design table is Gone to Seed and the demonstrator is Robyn Brown, a qualified teacher and demonstrator, who’ll be designing with glass. Visitors welcome, $10. Phone Sue on 535-4593. Paying homage EASTERN Stars Symphonic Band and guest artists invite people to celebrate the spirit of Anzac through music at their concert at Vodafone Events Cen- tre, 770 Great South Road, Manukau, on April 26 at 7pm. Tickets cost adults $15, seniors and students $10. Phone Barrie or Marie on 271-4558 or 021-722-171. Evacuees’ reunion THE Evacuees Reunion Association meets on April 26, 1.30pm at 132 Grange Road, Mt Eden, entry $3. Speakers are from the Fire Brigade Museum. Bring a small plate to share. Phone Connie on 626-7009 or Jean on 576-9266. Polish craft PAPER cut-outs or wycinanki is at Polish Heritage Trust Museum, 125 Elliot Street, Howick, on May 1, 10am to 12pm, $6 per person. For bookings, phone 533-3530.
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