Parade honours Modern NZ veterans

  • Tāmaki Makaurau

Kua whakahōnoretia ngā ika ā whiro o nāianei e tētahi tira hīkoi i te tonga o Tāmaki Makaurau i Pukekohe. E ai ki ngā kaiwhakarite a Te Mana Pou Hōia o Franklin he mea nui te whakanui i ngā hōia kua hoki mai ki Aotearoa me ngā hōia ō mua kua riro i te tirohanga kanohi i tēnei wikene whakamaharatanga a Armitice.

Ko ngā ika ā whiro kua hoki ki te kāinga, me ngā toa ā tūmatauenga i mate i whakahōnoretia mā runga whīra, e te Karapu Motopika hōia, ā, mā raro anō hoki e te tira whakatangi pūngawī a hapori e ngā hoia o mua me ngā whānau, whērā i a Joe Shelford-Tuki nō Te Kaha.

“It's a proud moment for myself my family and my grandfather who fought in the war, Charlie Shelford.”

He kaupapa whakaaroha nui mō te whānau o hōia SAS, kāpara Douglas Grant, i pūhia kia mate i Āwhekenetāna, rua mano tekau mā tahi.

E ai ki tētahi Pouaru a Tina Grant, “It's a time to celebrate what our boys and girls have done.  But it's also a time to reflect and remember the fallen, and obviously my husband was one of those people.”

Hei tā te tama o Tina a Jayden, “When I was little I always thought about hero’s being like batman and superman being real, and to me dad is my batman and my superman.”

Kua tukuna ngā hōia o Te Ope Kātua o Aotearoa ki ngā pakanga maha, kia hohou i te rongo.  E ai ki te perehitini ki a Shelly Boyes, mō rātou te take.

Hei tā te Perehitini o RSA Franklin President a Shelly Boyes, “It was seen as a way to welcome home those modern veterans that have served that perhaps haven't been welcomed back yet.”

Hei whakakapi i ngā whakamaharatanga mō ngā hōia i mate ka mātakitaki te marea i tētehi pakipūmeka  e kīa nei, Afghanistan: The Soldiers Story, nā kaihopu āhua, nā kāpara Aaron Horrell, ko tētehi o te tira hīkoi i te rā nei.