Published 23 April 2018 – New Zealand Anzac Dawn Service at Le Quesnoy Communal Cemetery Extension 2018 attended by Her Excellency Mrs Jane Coombs and CDRE Ross Smith MNZM. Photo credit: New Zealand Defence Force.
Anzac Day on the 25 April marks the day that New Zealanders remember those who served and died in war.
The President of Multicultural New Zealand (MNZ) Pancha Narayanan is encouraging recent migrants to participate in Anzac memorial services around the country.
“In doing so, we acknowledge and pay respects to those forebears who have given their lives to make this country safe for us and our descendants,” he says.
Having lived in New Zealand for more than 30 years after arriving from Malaysia, he is keen to help recent arrivals to settle into New Zealand life.
Anzac Day tradition dates back to the First World War 100 years ago, he says.
“While migrants may not have a personal connection to this day of remembrance, they will understand the impact that war has had on the local communities where they live. “
“To explain the history of the day and its significance to New Zealand today, the First World War Centenary Programme Office (WW100) has created some brief Anzac Day guides, available in English, Simplified Chinese, Sāmoan and Hindi http://ww100.govt.nz/a-guide-to-anzac-day. ”
Mr Narayanan is passionate about helping new migrants to settle better into the country, compared to his own early experiences when he first arrived in New Zealand in 1986.