New Zealand Consulate-General Noumea, New Caledonia
French Associate Defence Minister at the New Zealand Cemetery near Bourail
As part of his visit to New Caledonia from 30 November - 1 December, M Kader Arif, French Associate Defence Minister with responsibility for Veterans’ Affairs, paid his respects at the New Zealand Cemetery near Bourail.
M Arif laid a wreath and made a brief tour of the cemetery. He also left a message in the cemetery book of remembrance. M. Arif was presented with a book on behalf of the Ministry for Heritage and Culture. Returned services personnel and members of the local community, including the Mayor, were also present during his visit, demonstrating the strong ties that continue between New Zealand and Bourail.
246 New Zealand armed forces personnel from World War II are buried at the cemetery. A further 451 personnel, most of whom were also New Zealanders, are named on the cemetery’s Wall of Remembrance.