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World War One Centenary

The Governor-General and Janine, Lady Mataparae outside Glasgow Cathedral

Today marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. A hundred years ago we were brought together under the most horrific of circumstances and today in Glasgow, Commonwealth countries joined together again, this time to reflect and remember the huge sacrifices made by our ancestors. This special commemorative sercice was attended by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and Prime Minister David Cameron. The Governor-General, Sir Gerry Mataparae and High Commissioner, Sir Lockwood Smith represented the New Zealand Government. This evening the High Commissioner will attend a commemorative vigil at Westminster Abbey.

In Wellington, a national ceremony was held in the grounds of Parliament, followed by a rare 100-Gun Salute from the waterfront, to remember the beginning of the war in New Zealand.

Over the next four years we will be undertaking a series of events to commemorate the First World War.

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