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National Ceremony - 1914 Occupation of German Samoa


Fri 29 Aug 2014, 4:15pm–5:20pm

Where: Auckland War Memorial Museum, Domain Dr, Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: WW100 New Zealand

National commemoration to mark the 100th anniversary of the New Zealand occupation of German Samoa. Held on the Court of Honour, The Cenotaph, Northern Façade.

When war broke out in Europe in August 1914, Britain asked New Zealand to seize the German colony of Samoa as a ‘great and urgent Imperial service’. This commemorative service recognises the duty and sacrifice of those involved, and acknowledges the close personal and political connections between Sāmoa and New Zealand today.

Order of service:

- Putatara and Karanga

- Welcome and Opening
Chaplain Class 2 Colin Mason, RNZN, Principal Chaplain Navy

- The Prologue
Roy Clare CBE, Director, Auckland War Memorial Museum

- Historical Readings
His Excellency Lieutenant General the Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand
His Excellency Leasi Papali’I Tommy Scanlan, High Commissioner for Samoa

- Call to Worship
The Reverend Elder Lucky Richard Slade
Laying of Wreaths

- Youth Reading
Leorida Peters and Ben Gatting

- Prayer in Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the New Zealand Occupation of German Samoa
Chaplain Class 2 Colin Mason, RNZN

- The Commemoration

- The Last Post

- The Ode
Warrant Officer Class 2 Tama Andrew RNZALR
Pat Johnson BEM, President, Auckland Combined RSAs

- One minute silence

- The Rouse

- The National Anthems of Samoa and New Zealand

- The Blessing
The Reverend Elder Lucky Richard Slade

- The Benediction and Dismissal
Chaplain Class 2 Colin Mason, RNZN

- Choir
De La Salle College Choir

- Band
Royal New Zealand Navy Band

[Image credit: Tattersall, Alfred James, 1866-1951. Hoisting the Union Jack, Courthouse, Apia. Hackworth, Philip Vernon, d 1960: Photograph album. Ref: PA1-q-107-32-1. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.]

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