27 November 2012
NZCF Commandant, Commander Glen Stokes congratulates CPL Sean Thexton for his performance in the National Skills Competition
New Zealand’s newest cadet corps, Mangawhai Cadet Unit, moved into its own facilities on Saturday 24 November.
The facilities were officially opened by the Commandant of the New Zealand Cadet Forces, Commander (CDR) Glen Stokes and celebrated by a large unit formation parade in front of more than 250 people from the local community.
During an awards presentation, CDR Stokes congratulated Mangawhai on their outstanding commitment and dedication, saying they should be proud to set the example for others.
"Each New Zealand Cadet Force unit is community based, supported by the community for the youth of that community. Mangawhai Cadet Unit epitomises that community commitment with a purpose-built youth facility that has grown from meagre beginnings all due to the passion and dedication of the Unit Commander and no less than 35 local business groups and residents.
"Mangawhai is a leading model throughout New Zealand of how community cooperation provides that vital youth development opportunity which is evident in the extraordinary successes this unit has had in recent regional and national competitions," says CDR Stokes.
On Anzac Day 2011 the unit was offered the old bowling club building and has spent the time since then getting the building up to a habitable standard, which included, getting a new roof, drainage, gutting the inside, rewiring and re-painting.
"With all the work now complete we can finally move in. The support from the local community has been incredible. So many businesses have donated services and products," says Mangawhai Cadet Unit Commander, Lieutenant Sandra Grayson.
Parading until now in the local public hall, Mangawhai Cadet Unit has been going from strength to strength with the simple philosophy of teamwork and hard work. The unit has won the Regional Skills Competition four years in a row with the team going on to win the National Skills Competition in 2011 and 2012.
During the parade Second Lieutenant Rachel Elliot was also promoted to Lieutenant for her dedication and service to the unit.
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