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Group formed to save Wainuiomata Anzac Day parade

Feb 19th, 2014 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

anzacrstA WORKING group has been formed to try and save Wainuiomata’s Anzac Day Parade.

The parade is being under threat since the closure of the Wainuiomata Returned Services Association Club last year.

Since then, Noeline Colman says locals have been worried that there will be no one to plan the celebrations.

The uncertainty could also hamper the 2015 centenary for the landing at Gallipoli, Mrs Colman, told the Wainuiomata Community Board last week.

“I want the board to help organise this as I feel it is an important event,” she said.

The parade has been going for many years and she felt that the community wanted it to continue.

“A lot of people enjoy going to them, it is important that we can keep it going.

“It is quite common for celebrations to be organised by councils and community boards,” Mrs Colman said.

Discussing the request, community board members were concerned about how they could be involved in the process, saying that they would not know what to do.

“I would like to do it but I don’t want to step on anyone’s toes,” said member Rima Workman.

“I don’t want to get in the way of someone else who would be doing it,” she said.

Terry Stallworth recommended forming a group to organise it.

“We could form a group that involves people that have worked on the parade in the past,” he said.

The board agreed to help form the group.

Wainuiomata’s Anzac parade usually runs from the BP service station to the War Memorial Community Centre.


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