Topic: ANZAC

Speech winners parents hope to attend Gallipoli ANZAC service

By Te Kāea

The parents of Caitlin Papuni McLellan, the winner of this year's annual ANZ RSA Cyril Bassett VC speech competition, are hoping to attend the annual ANZAC ceremony in Gallipoli next week.

Despite the Government's refusal to grant an exception to the Papuni McLellan family, Caitlin's mother Annette Papuni McLellan says they've been on the search for tickets since their daughter won the competition last month.

Veteran Affairs Minister Craig Foss says tickets for this year's ANZAC 100th year commemoration in Gallipoli were allocated through a ballot-system.

25 Youth Ambassadors, including the eight Cyril Bassett speech competition regional winners, are part of the Prime Minister's official delegation.

In order to allow as many young people to attend as possible, the Youth Ambassador contingent has five chaperones selected by the Ministry of Youth Development and the New Zealand Principals Association.

The wider New Zealand contingent of 49 personnel includes a Māori cultural group and band as well as liaison and media staff.