22 September 2016
With drums beating, flags flying, bands playing, bayonets fixed and swords drawn, the 1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment will conduct a Charter Parade for the first time in Dannevirke.
Tararua Mayor Roly Ellis is issuing a Charter on behalf of the Tararua District to the NZ Army unit on 7 October, 2016.
“We want to create an enduring relationship between the district and the New Zealand Army,” Mr Ellis said.
“Since taking over the mayoralty six years ago, and as a former serving officer with the British Army, I have felt it essential that Tararua should build a relationship with Linton Military Camp. A Charter between Tararua District Council and 1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment is fitting.
“Historically we have produced many officers and soldiers over the years from Tararua, and we look forward to maintaining a strong relationship with the Regiment and Linton Military Camp.”
The parade and ceremony will include the Dannevirke Pipe Band.
Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion RNZIR, Lieutenant Colonel Jason Dyhrberg, said it was a privilege to be honoured with the Charter of Tararua.
“I’m very proud to be able to accept this on behalf of the Regiment. Many of our soldiers have personal links to the district and we have traditionally supported Anzac Day services in the area. We also use the area for training purposes and are always received warmly.
“Many people from Tararua have fought as part of the New Zealand Army in international conflicts and some have paid the ultimate price.”
The parade will start at noon from The Hub carpark and will go to the clock tower, where the Charter ceremony will take place.