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Cenotaph Stories

  • Bobby Newson

    Madison Pine
    Collection Technician, Research Support

    Robert Newson, known as Bobby is a beloved member of the Tāmaki Paenga Hira whanau. We sat down with Bobby earlier this year, to chat about his experiences with the New Zealand Army. We share his story in commemoration of Armistice Day, where we come together to remember the service of New Zealanders in war and peacekeeping operations.

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  • Murray Watene

    By Madison Pine
    Collection Technician, Research Support

    "I wasn't a good scholar, but I was a good rugby player" recalls Murray Watene, playing rugby led him to joining and touring with the New Zealand Police rugby team and eventually to joining the New Zealand Defence Force for service in Malaya, Vietnam and Antarctica.

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  • Honouring outstanding gallantry

    Victoria Passau
    Collection Manager, Online Cenotaph

    On Sunday 16 May 2021 a private ceremony was held in the World War II Hall of Memories. The ceremony marked the end of a 50-year campaign, by Norman Fry and Brian Monks, to gain recognition for their comrades.

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  • Bo Goldie - Called home to rest among his people

    Evelyn Kawiti (Ngatiporou)
    Visitor Host, Visitor Services

    Evelyn Kawiti remembers her cousin Bo Goldsmith (1950-2021) as a kind and generous man with a big heart.

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  • Sani Lakatani

    Madison Pine
    Collection Technician, Research Support

    In June 2020, Madison sat down with the Malaya and Vietnam Veteran Sani Lakatani, to discuss his two major colourful careers with the New Zealand Army and in Niuean Politics.

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  • The lost Airmen of 41 Squadron

    By Douglas "Scotty" Wingfield
    Researcher

    Over the thirteen years of the Vietnam War, 41 Squadron RNZAF made 1,979 landings into the conflict. Scotty Wingfield's research helps Airmen to receive their Vietnam Medals and Vietnam Veteran status.

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  • Bret Bestic

    By Sophie Coombe
    Collection Technician, Research Support

    Collection Technician Sophie Coombe sat down with retired veteran Bret Bestic to talk about his experiences during the Vietnam War.

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