HIGH FLYING: Last year’s Anzac competition winner Mikeala Kyle-Bellam, of Christchurch, won a day with the Air Force at RNZAF Base Ohakea. Mikeala toured the base before taking to the skies in an Iroquois helicopter and an Air Trainer.
14 March 2011
Action-packed days out with the Navy, Army and Air Force are up for grabs as prizes in a competition called Operation Anzac Spirit launched today by the New Zealand Defence Force.
The competition, for year 7 and 8 students, aims to raise awareness of Anzac Day by asking students to design a poster showing what Anzac Day means to them.
Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Rhys Jones says the Defence Force has been running an art competition for students since 2007 to provide an interesting way for school children to learn about Anzac Day and its connection to the Defence Force today.
“The ANZAC spirit, forged 96 years ago at Gallipoli, continues today with Australia being our closest defence and security partner. Both nations have a vested interest in promoting security and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.
“We encourage all intermediate age students to take up the challenge and enter this year’s competition. We guarantee the winners will have a unique and special day with the Defence Force,” LT GEN Jones says.
The competition will be judged by NZ Army artist Captain Matt Gauldie.
Operation Anzac Spirit closes on Anzac Day (25 April) and the winners will be announced at a prize-giving ceremony at Defence House, Wellington on Friday 6 May. As well as the main prizes of a day with the Navy, Army or Air Force the winners will receive a copy of The Reluctant Hero personally signed by Corporal Willie Apiata VC.
There are currently 439 New Zealand Defence Force personnel deployed on 14 peacekeeping operations, UN missions and defence exercises across 10 countries.
For further information please contact Ally Clelland, Defence Communications Group, phone 04 496 0273 or 021 569 130.