150 members of the New Zealand Cadet Forces (NZCF), drawn from every unit around the country, on parade at Parliament today to mark the 150th anniversary of the NZCF.
9 November 2014
The New Zealand Cadet Forces (NZCF) celebrated 150 years as the oldest youth organisation in New Zealand today with parades around the country.
Every cadet in the country was able to parade at the same time in their own communities, while in Wellington 150 cadets, drawn from every unit, paraded in Parliament grounds. The parade was reviewed by Lieutenant General (Ret) Don McIver, the Immediate Past President of the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association (RNZRSA).
There were also major parades in Christchurch (reviewed by the Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Air Vice-Marshal Kevin Short); in Cambridge (reviewed by Minister of Veterans Affairs Hon Craig Foss); and at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, where some 500 cadets were reviewed by NZCF Assistant Commandant Squadron Leader Stewart Parker.
“Today’s co-ordinated parades not only commemorate 11 November, the signing of the Armistice at the end of World War One, but also the raising of the first cadet unit in November 1864, so it is fitting that this parade concludes the NZCF 150th Anniversary celebrations,” said NZCF Commandant Commander (CDR) Glen Stokes.
In January 2014 over 1,200 NZCF officers and cadets attended a five-day camp at Waiouru, where attendees enjoyed a range of challenging activities. In August the Governor-General, Sir Jerry Mateparae, hosted a Vice-Regal Reception at Government House in Wellington for NZCF officers as youth leaders, to recognise their voluntary work.
“It was great for the cadets to be able to parade in front their local communities, and in particular their local RNZRSAs, who are major supporters of NZCF. The RNZRSA proactively supports youth development by giving direct support to our community cadet units, including a recent donation of over 250 pairs of dress shoes, which were worn by cadets today,” said CDR Stokes.
Commissioner of Police Mike Bush showed the NZ Police’s support to NZCF by accommodating the 150 cadets who paraded in Wellington overnight at the Police College in Porirua.
Today’s NZCF organisation caters for secondary school children and comprises the Sea Cadet Corps, the NZ Cadet Corps and the Air Training Corps. There are 99 units around the country, with over 3,900 officers and cadets.