Coast community turns out to remember

It has been three years since Anzac Day could be marked with public services, large and small. With most local services cancelled because of the Christchurch mosque attacks in 2019, and all services cancelled last year because of level 4 lockdown, numbers attending were good this Anzac Day on the Hibiscus Coast.

Hibiscus Coast Community RSA president, David Dryden, says his organisation was overwhelmed with the support they received this Anzac Day at all three of its services. He says the turnout at the dawn service was particularly pleasing. “We want to thank the community for attending our services to show respect to past and current service personnel,” he says. Photos, Photo Carnival.

Beachside service draws hundreds

Around 400 people of all ages attended the service at Ōrewa Remembrance Reserve. Organiser and local board member Andy Dunn says this service grows year by year.

Flowers and poppies, including handmade ones, were placed on the cenotaph by members of the public once official wreaths had been laid by Whangaparāoa MP Mark Mitchell, local Councillors and members of the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board.

Veteran Ron Cackett, 95, remembers what it was like to be torpedoed. Ron served in World War II as an Able Seaman/Gun-layer in the British Royal Navy. He was on the escort carrier HMS Thane which operated in the North Atlantic protecting convoys and ferrying aircraft. On  January 15, 1945, while ferrying aircraft in the Irish Sea, the ship was torpedoed by a German submarine and severely damaged. Ten men were killed. “The ship didn’t go down, but most of my mates ended up in bits,” Ron says. Now living in Evelyn Page village, Ron came to the Ōrewa Remembrance Reserve Anzac service to lay a poppy on the cenotaph in honour of those mates.

Commander Frank Rands, right, and bugler Able Musician Oliver Furneaux at the Ōrewa Remembrance Reserve service.

It has been three years since Anzac Day could be marked with public services, large and small. With most local services cancelled because of the Christchurch mosque attacks in 2019, and all services cancelled last year because of level 4 lockdown, numbers attending were good this Anzac Day on the Hibiscus Coast. More photos, www.localmatters.co.nz

The Hibiscus Coast & District Pipe Band at the head of the parade at Upper Waiwera. Left, “Aunty Jean” Dickinson, centre, as the last McCathie family member, was wished a happy birthday. Photos, Lorry McCarthy.

Inspired by a poppy made from vinyl records at the Ōrewa hospice shop, Hibiscus Matters’ graphic designer Lorry McCarthy made her own versions, to place at various services she attended, including on the Upper Waiwera cenotaph.


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