A special ANZAC service at Woodlands

26 April 2017

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Roger 'Snow' Finlay at the ANZAC service held at Woodlands Resthome

Moteuka Guardian


It was a glorious autumnal morning when residents, families and dignitaries gathered at Motueka’s Woodlands Resthome for a special ANZAC day service on April 24. 

Motukea High School’s head boy and girl, Ben Cudley and Laura Wilkinson, spoke after Alan Vincent’s address and then Roger “Snow” Finlay laid the wreath on behalf of his fellow residents before everyone laid their poppies on the flag.


Roger (pictured) received his medals – The Defence Medal, The War Medal 1939-45, and his New Zealand War Servce medal, only last year. He served in the Pacific at the RNZAF base depot on Espirito Santo.

Ben and Laura gave a thoughtful address at Woodlands on Monday morning and repeated it during Motueka’s Dawn Parade yesterday.

“Ka Mahi to tawa uho ki te riri. Kia tau te rangimarie ki runga I a koutou."


"Well done you whose courage is like the heart of the tawa tree. Let the peace settle upon you all. 


We stand here to commemorate the memory of all ANZACs past or present who have sacrificed much in the service of their country


We must protect the peace and freedom of all, whether in New Zealand or the world. And today we honour those who held up this same belief as us, 102 years ago. And pass the tradition of ANZAC day onto future generations


We spend the first 18 years of our lives with our parents. They [the soliders] were taken away from their families. When we come home from school we bring grouchiness and homework. They brought home scars emotional and physical.


We honour them today for the gifts they have bestowed upon us, 100 years into the future, and for the pain they went through.


ANZAC day is a reminder for us to not be complacent with these distant wars and terrors”.


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