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6-8 April: 75th Anniversary - HMNZS MOA Sinking

  • On the 7th of April 1943, the Moa while refuelling from the American oil barge Erskine M. Phelps at Tulagi Harbour, in  the Solomon Islands, came under attack from Japanese aircraft. Both vessels were caught by surprise Moa took a direct hit and sank by the bow within four minutes. Five seaman died and 15 were wounded. More
  • Only a few months earlier on 29 January 1943, Moa and Kiwi sank the Japanese Submarine I-1 off Kanimbo Bay on the northern tip of Guadalcanal
  • A commemorative service at the wreck site and other events will take place in the Solomon Islands over the weekend 6-8 April

20 April: Poppy Day

  • This year Poppy Day 2018 will be held on Friday 20 April. Defence personnel and supporting agencies including Veterans’ Affairs New Zealand, Sea Cadets and the Ministry of Defence have volunteered to collect.
  • It remains the RSA's most important appeal of the year. RSA volunteers exchange distinctive red poppies for a donation to the RSA Poppy Day appeal in support of veterans as well as ex-service people and their families in need.
  • The poppy reminds us of sacrifices made – both past and present. Poppies were the first flowers that grew in the battlefields of Flanders in Belgium during World War One and are a symbol of remembrance and hope. Poppy Day has been a part of the New Zealand calendar since 1922, making it one of the oldest nationwide appeals.

25 April: Anzac Day

  • Commemorates all New Zealanders killed in war and also honours returned servicemen and women. The date itself marks the anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand solders - the Anzacs - on Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915
  • Across New Zealand, Australia and around the world dawn services and ceremonies at war memorials will remember those who have gone before us, a rich tradition and ritual befitting a military funeral
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