New Zealand Consulate-General Noumea, New Caledonia
New Caledonian Veterans to participate in Anzac commemorations in Wellington
A delegation of three veterans from New Caledonia, led by the President of the New Caledonian Veterans’ Association Mr Jean Romary, will participate in this year’s Anzac commemorations in Wellington.
The veterans’ visit follows an open invitation from the Minister for Veterans Affairs Michael Woodhouse, who visited New Caledonia last year to participate in the commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the War in the Pacific.
Close links developed between New Caledonia and New Zealand during the Second World War with more than 20,000 New Zealand soldiers stationed in the territory on their way to the theatres of the War in the Pacific. Some 239 New Zealand soldiers are buried in the New Zealand War Cemetery at Bourail, some two hours north of Noumea, and the names of many more who lost their lives in the Pacific but have no known grave are inscribed on the memorial there. An Anzac remembrance ceremony is held at the cemetery every year.