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April 2010 - TOROA celebrates ANZAC day

Parade Commander Lt McLellan RNZNVR


The Dawn Parade in Dunedin was by far the biggest of the ceremonies and an estimate given by the local media put the attendance at approximately eight thousand.


The official party this year included the following military representatives and dignitaries. Air Commodore S Baillie RNZAF, M Woodhouse MP the NZ Government representative, Lt  A Muir RN United Kingdom representative, Lt Col T Everett Australian Government representative, Mr P Chin CNZM Mayor of Dunedin, Mr S Cairns Chairman, Otago district Council, Lt Cdr B. Walker VRD RNZNVR  Royal NZ Navy, Lt Col R McElwain NZ Army, Fl Lt H Powell RNZAF, Mr A. Goding BEM Dunedin RSA, Mr F Daniel MBE.JP Montecillo Veterans Home and Major (Rtd) Dr T Martin Chaplain. A platoon of eight TOROA personnel was in attendance as well as Flag Bearers and the Catafalque Guard.  


Image Right: Parade Commander LT Ray McLellan RNZNVR, West Melton Parade.


At 0930 a service was held at the Andersons Bay Cemetery, the organisation and running of this service was taken over a few years ago by the Divisional Coxswain HMNZS TOROA and this year our new Coxswain took up the reins as Director of Ceremonies. This is a real community involvement with Girl Guides, Brownies, Pippins and various primary schools laying posies on servicemen’s graves. TS Waireka Sea Cadets provided a very impressive Catafalque Guard and HMNZS TOROA a platoon of twelve. The official party that attended the Dawn Service also attended at Andersons Bay. The number of public attending this ANZAC Day was estimated at 1500.


A tradition started five years ago when TOROA paraded and lowered the New Zealand National Flag at the old Montecillo Veterans Home & Hospital premises in Eglington Road. The following year the Division again paraded and raised the NZ National Flag at the new Montecillo in Bay View Road. This service is now advertised as the HMNZS TOROA  Flag raising ceremony and is the focal point for the residents of Montecillo and also draws a good number of the general public. The majority of the official party also attend this service along with a strong representation from TOROA. The service is held at 1100 immediately after the ANZAC Day Church Service at St Pauls Cathedral.


In addition to the three services held in Dunedin this year we also provided representation at the following Otago, Southland ceremonies : Waimate -  Chaplain Hay as officiating Chaplain, Naseby – Lt Cdr Marshall as Guest Speaker, Mosgiel – CPOWEF Ashworth, Milton – Lt McLellan as Parade Commander, Lovells Flat – Lt McLellan , Waikaka – Lt Johnstone as Guest Speaker, Queenstown  - ASEA Greer, Te Anau – Lt Cdr Tomlinson as Guest Speaker, Invercargill – LSEA Harwood and LWEF Harwood and also Nelson – S/Lt Morris.


The Division again this year also provided the traditional ANZAC Day breakfast at the Divisional HQ, a tradition that has continued for the past thirty five years at least. Although numbers attending this year seemed to be slightly down on past years well over a hundred people including the official party  and other dignitaries were treated to a hot breakfast . Full credit goes to CPOMTO Kim Leonard, AWTR Karen Robertson, ASEA Daniell King and OSEA Lucie Douma.


As well as the great effort made by Ships Company on ANZAC Day  7 TOROA personnel also contributed to the success of poppy day by delivering poppies to business houses around Dunedin and manning two sales positions in the main street. For a small Division the effort put into the support of this special day was commendable and right up to the standard expected.

ASEA Greer marches in the Te Anau parade.
Image Above: ASEA Greer marches in the Te Anau parade.  
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