NZVA-Competition

Congratulations to Amanda Yang has placed first equal in the Passchendaele competition being run by the Ministry for Veteran Affairs.

The Prize is to be a Youth Ambassador for New Zealand on a three week trip to the site in Belgium in October, and associated side trips,- all expenses paid and $2,000 cash.

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Youth Abassador Programme 2017

Passchendaele 12 October 1917 -  Fu Man (Amanda) Yang, Year 13

12 October 1917

5:25am opening barrage began

Second New Zealand infantry brigade and third New Zealand rifles

Walked on

Walked on

Mud and rain and pain

That dragged them every centimetre marched Much closer to the grave

Cloaked by blinding gas

Suffocated

Drained

No respite

No energy left to fight

And still...

The enemy rattled through belt after belt while the New Zealanders fell by the score

They fell on Gravenstafel road tangled in wire

No call to retire

They fought on

 

On 12 October 1917

3:00pm another push

This time halted

and the dying slowed

846 sons of New Zealand mothers fell

That darkest day before the dimming of the light

In the dawn eight kilometres gained

At the cost of 846

106 men and boys for every one kilometre won

But what a loss

Of New Zealand sons and lovers, men and boys

...

12 October 2017

We will remember them

They who were young, straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.

The sons of NZ mothers, the lovers, the brothers, the men and boys from Aotearoa

 We will gather in the half light at the dawning of the day

In a foreign field

Where row on row on row the poppies grow

Like a korowai bestowed by Papatuanuku

To cover up our men

To protect them from their foes

A foe who too lies

in a country that is not their own

A generation that will never return to their home

 

On this day

12 October 2017

We stand beside them as we could not do in battle

Our men, our boys from Aotearoa

Haere rã e tama Haere rã.

Haria rã te aroha i ahau

Aue! me tangi noa

Ahau ki muri nei

Te iwi e

He ngãkau tangi noa.

 

We their people weep again

In Passchendaele 100 years today

 

 

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