Thursday 7th May 2015
ANZAC Speech Winners
High Commissioner Leasi with other members of the Diplomatic Corps and New Zealand Government Officials attended the ANZAC Memorial Service on Saturday 25 April 2015. This year marks the 100th Year since World War 1 and Wellington's Pukeahu National War Memorial hosted its inaugural dawn ceremony at 5.30am on Saturday, the first to mark the Anzac centenary. It was estimated 40,000 people attended the service. As part of WW100 ANZAC programme, a speech competition was hosted by the Pacific Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade which saw Ms Aerial Ioane win the overall competition for the Polynesian Group. H.E Scanlan and other Pacific Head of Missions also attended a luncheon to welcome the four speech winners. The Governor-General, Sir Jerry Mateparae also met the winners of the Polynesian Secondary Schools Speech and Essay Writing Competition. The four winners, Ariel Ioane from Samoa, Moeroa Teraupua Ben from the Cook islands, Lautilopa Enetama from Niue and Anna Vea from Tonga, had to write and speak on the topic of 'The Legacy of Sacrifice'.