11 December 2013
More than a thousand cadets from around the globe will parade in the central North Island next month to mark the 150th anniversary of Cadet Forces in New Zealand.
The Governor-General, LTGEN the Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, will review the parade of 1200 cadets and officers at Waiouru Military Camp, the largest parade of cadets in more than 50 years.
The parade will cap an exercise from January 24-30 that will see the cadets participate in a range of military activities from flying, tramping, sailing, shooting and medical evacuation scenarios in a challenging and disciplined environment.
Commander (CDR) Glen Stokes, Commandant of the New Zealand Cadet Forces, says the exercise will be a fitting tribute to the cadets in the past 150 years and demonstrate the opportunities for those who wish to join in the future.
"Cadets have a proud history in New Zealand, with many prominent Kiwis including Lord Freyberg and Sir Peter Blake developing their leadership potential within the cadet programme," he said.
"We currently have around 3000 young people in 100 units across the country involved in a programme that develops those qualities which mark good citizens and leaders."
Media are invited to attend the parade and key exercise personnel are available in advance for interviews.
WHAT: Parade of 1200 cadets reviewed by His Excellency, the Governor-General of New Zealand
WHEN: 29 January 2014
WHERE: Waiouru Military Camp
Exercise staff available for interviews are from Auckland, Rotorua, Porirua, Levin, Christchurch, Dunedin and Gore.