France and New Zealand Re-Afirm Commemorative Ties

 

New Zealand troops parade after liberating Le Quesnoy, France, November 1918.

New Zealand troops parade after liberating Le Quesnoy, France, November 1918.

Meeting in Auckland, French Associate Minister for Defense, Monsieur Kader Arif, and New Zealand Minister for Culture, Arts and Heritage, Mr. Christopher Finlayson, have signed a letter of intent regarding World War I commemorations between the two countries.

The letter of intent re-affirms the deep friendship between France and New Zealand.  “Our shared sacrifices sealed an enduring friendship,” Mr. Finlayson said. “Successive French and New Zealand governments have worked together mindful of the need to continuously construct peace and security in the world.”  New Zealand has been welcomed to participate in upcoming commemorative events in France throughout the centenary years.

During the First World War, New Zealand troops fought with distinction in France as part of the ANZAC forces of the British Empire.  New Zealand’s participation in centenary activities will include The Battle of the Somme (1916) and Le Quesnoy (1918).

For more information, see the press release from Scoop NZ here.