Topic: ANZAC

Rotorua youth delivers powerful speech at Gallipoli ANZAC Service

By Harata Brown

In the early hours of the morning (Gallipoli Time) Jack Potaka, of Ngāti Hauiti gave a speech in Gallipoli, Turkey, in front of those who were present for the pre-ANZAC Commemoration Service.

At the beginning of this month, the descendant of Ngāti Hauiti, Jack Potaka, deputy head boy of Rotorua Boys High School was given the opportunity to travel to Gallipoli, Turkey after winning the ANZ RSA Cyril Bassett VC Speech Contest which took place in Wellington earlier this year.

His winning speech spoke about his grandfather, the first fully-qualified Māori pilot in the RNZAF, Porokoru Patapū John Pohe who fought and died in World War II.

However today, his speech turned to his journey from NZ, to ANZAC Cove in recent days, right down to his arrival to Gallipoli, which talks about the unknown soldiers.

Jack Potaka also attended today's commemoration service (Gallipoli), and Governor General, Sir Jerry Mataparae was also one of the speakers from New Zealand present.