ANZAC Speech by Raglan Area School Deputy Head Student Jarvis Camenzind

Tena koutou katoa 

Ko Karioi te maunga 

Ko Whaingaroa te moana 

Ko te Kura a Rohe o Whaingaroa te Kura

Ko Camenzind toku whanau

Ko Jarvis toku ingoa 

Kia Ora, my name is Jarvis Camenzind and I am a deputy head student at Raglan Area School.

I feel very honoured to have the opportunity to address you all on this very special day, Anzac Day.

A day to come together, to remember and to celebrate those who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for Australia and New Zealand.

107 years ago today on April the 25th, 1915 Australian and New Zealand troops landed on the peninsula of Gallipoli. Over the next period of time, thousands of lives were lost. An estimated 8500 Australians and 2779 New Zealanders did not make it home. These troops were just normal people who had left behind their families, friends and people who they loved the most, to fight for this country. 

To those who lost their lives and did not grow old, we remember you, we thank you and  we honour you.

To those men and women who returned from serving their countries we thank you and we honour you also.

Aotearoa may have been very different if these brave people hadn’t made the sacrifices that they did. They gave their lives in hope of creating a better future for the generations to come and for that, we thank them.

We thank those before us who fought and died for our freedom.

I am very grateful to be living in the Aotearoa we know today. We live in a country filled with many wonderful things.The oceans, the  native bush, the mountains, waterfalls, rivers and beautiful sunsets, are a few of my favourite things about this country. 

I also appreciate the tight knit communities that are present all over New Zealand. 

I am so lucky to have grown up in our cool little community of Whaingaroa, Raglan. 

I thank the ANZACS for this privilege and honour their bravery. 

Today we honour the ANZACS.

Lest we forget.