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Winners attend ceremony
By KARINA ABADIA
from left: Alice
All the contest entries can
be read online at east
A nervous but excited Alice Foulds,
Passchendaele Akeroa Hurricane
Bristow and Ruben Ross took their
places alongside members of the
official party in the World War I
Hall of Memories at Auckland War
Memorial Museum on Friday to
honour their ancestors and all who
fought at the Battle of
The three students were the win-
ners of Suburban Newspapers
competition (East & Bays Courier,
October 10). They were asked to
attend the event and place poppies
to remember the fallen.
Alice, 13, says she was surprised
to be chosen.
I couldn t believe it. I felt really
honoured because it s a special
occasion. It s not as well recognised
as Anzac Day but it should be.
Her great-grandfather David
George Fullerton fought at the
battle. He was seriously injured but
survived against the odds, although
he was left with a lasting momento.
Alice writes: When the doctors
were removing shrapnel from Dav-
id s body, there was one piece, in
David s head, that they couldn t get
out. It remained there for the rest of
Passchendaele, 11, carries the
same name as the battle his great-
great-uncle Private John Balero
died fighting in.
He writes: My grandfather and I
are named Passchendaele so that he
will always be remembered.
Passchendaele s aunt Lulu
Bristow-Brown accompanied him
and says: For Passchendaele grow-
ing up with such a big name, it was
difficult for him to understand how
important it was. Today I think he
has a greater understanding of the
significance of the event.
Young Passchendaele s poppy
was sprayed with his late mother s
perfume. She died last year.
Ten-year-old Ruben Ross had
three great-great uncles who died in
World War I. One of the brothers,
John Crockett was killed in action
in Ypres, Belgium, in 1917.
In his essay Ruben writes: When
my great-grandmother saw the pho-
tos of her grandson Bruce, my Dad,
and my Mum Eveline visiting
John s grave for the first time in
1997, she cried. She could still
remember the day he left.
Ruben says the commemoration
was very important because a lot of
New Zealanders had to go to war
and the battle was the deadliest day
in our military history.
The 95th anniversary commemor-
ation honoured the 2700 casualties
of the battle which took place on the
Western Front on October 12, 1917.
The students were in the com-
pany of military, council and gov-
ernment representatives as well as
Massey University professor of
War Studies Glyn Harper says it is
a battle which should never have
War is the destroyer of families
and the Battle of Passchendaele
destroyed more families than any
other action in our military his-
Auckland councillor Cameron
Brewer s great uncle was killed at
the Battle of Messines leading up to
the Battle of Passchendaele.
I think it goes to show just how
close the connection still is. The fact
that even someone relatively young
like me can have a great uncle that
was killed in Belgium demonstrates
that the wounds are still there.
Former Labour leader Phil Goff
was asked to lay a wreath. He says
the day should be about remember-
ing the sacrifices people made with-
out glorifying their deaths.
I lost two great uncles in the
war. They made an enormous sacri-
fice for our country. Gallipoli was a
tragedy but Passchendaele was
even worse. For all New Zealanders
it s a day to remember, he says.
Three other winners of the com-
petition, Jessica Malloy, Joseph
Malloy and Sam Malloy, were
unable to attend.
By KARINA ABADIA
Reports of a well-dressed Indian
man posing as a Barfoot & Thomp-
son salesman have proven to be the
result of a misunderstanding.
The man visited homes on West
Tamaki Rd and St Heliers Bay Rd.
The St Heliers branch of Barfoot &
Thompson received calls from res-
idents concerned that he was not a
legitimate representative (East &
Bays Courier, October 3).
The Middle Eastern man has
made himself known to police and
explained he has no criminal inten-
tions. He had been doing some
work on behalf of the Mission Bay
branch of Barfoot & Thompson.
A saleswoman there had allowed
him to deliver flyers and asked him
to let her know if he knew of any-
one who wanted to sell their house,
branch manager Andy MacDonald
We just wanted to give him a
hand up because he s on welfare
but we never dreamed he would go
out and start knocking on doors.
Mr MacDonald received a phone
call from the man saying he was
very concerned about the press he d
He seems like quite a nice young
guy. He s gone about it the wrong
way but he was just trying to get a
start in life. My suggestion to him
was don t go door knocking until
you re fully qualified.
Mission Bay community con-
stable Todd Martin says: He s
come forward to police and apolo-
If he s caused some distress to
people, that was certainly not his
There was a bit of a cultural mis-
communication. He didn t know
that what he was doing was wrong,
Mr Martin says.
It s a timely reminder for people
that we do have this problem of
people going on to properties and
pretending to be someone they re
They might say they re looking
for their dog or that they ve lost
their ball, things like that.
Although it turned out to be a
false alarm this time, people should
still be vigilant and look after their
neighbours. If you see suspicious
behaviour, call 111.
Mr MacDonald says the man is
unlikely to do any more work for
the Mission Bay branch at this
stage but he doesn t think he s a
person to be concerned about.
Maxi the kitten is social and playful
Terrific tabby: Max laps up any
attention coming his way -- and goes
after it if it's not.
Max just loves attention -- he plays
to the max and he purrs to the
He gets on well with other cats
and would cope in a household
with another feline playmate to
rough and tumble with.
He is affectionately known as
''Maxi'' by his foster carer in Pt
Max is confident and very
friendly and relaxed around
He's a lap cat -- for about five
seconds -- then he's off to
investigate something or play with
a favourite toy.
''He's a maximum ball of
energy,'' his foster carer says.
''And he's really good with other
cats -- he's not aggressive at all.''
Max is a brown short-haired
tabby with spectacular markings
and a personality to boot.
He is about seven months old
and very much a kitten at heart.
If you can give Max a caring
home, call 575 9760.
Kittens up to six months cost
$150; cats up to two years $100
and seniors $55.
All animals are desexed,
vaccinated, microchipped and
treated for fleas and worms before
Go to lonelymiaow.co.nz to view
other cats for adoption.
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