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2017 Battle of Passchendaele multi-media competition winners

Two year 13 students have tied for first place in the Battle of Passchendaele multi-media competition.

Wellington’s Neakiry Kivi and Tauranga’s Amanda Yang have jointly taken out this year’s Battle of Passchendaele Multi-media Competition.

Scenes from Passchendaele Neakiry Kivi, Samuel Marsden Collegiate School

Passchendaele 12 October 1917 Amanda Yang, Tauranga Girls’ College

12 October 1917
5:25am opening barrage began
Second New Zealand Infantry brigade and third New Zealand rifles
Walked on
Walked on
Mud and rain and pain
That dragged them every centimetre marched
Much closer to the grave
Cloaked by blinding gas
Suffocated
Drained
No respite
No energy left to fight
And still...
The enemy rattled through belt after belt while the New Zealanders fell by the score1
They fell on Gravenstafel road tangled in wire
No call to retire
They fought on

On 12 October 1917
3:00pm another push
This time halted
and the dying slowed
846 sons of New Zealand mothers fell
That darkest day before the dimming of the light
In the dawn eight kilometres gained
At the cost of 846
106 men and boys for everyone one kilometre won
But what a loss
Of New Zealand sons and lovers, men and boys

...
12 October 2017
We will remember them
They who were young, straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.2
The sons of NZ mothers, the lovers, the brothers, the men and boys from Aotearoa
We will gather in the half light at the dawning of the day
In a foreign field
Where row on row on row the poppies grow3
Like a korowai bestowed by Papatuanuku
To cover up our men
To protect them fro their foes
A foe who too lies
in a country that is not their own
A generation that will never return to their home

On this day
12 October 2017
We stand beside them as we could not do in battle
Our men, our boys from Aotearoa

Haere rā e tama
Haere rā.
Haria rā te aroha i ahau
Aue! me tangi noa
Ahau ki muri nei
Te iwi e
He ngākau tangi noa.4

We their people weep again
In Passchendaele 100 years today

  1. Harper, G, 'Dark Journey' 2007, p.57
  2. Dinyon, L 'For the Fallen'
  3. McCraem John 'In Flanders Field'
  4. In 1918, Paraire Tomoana composed this tangi to Maori soldiers lost in battle during World War 1. This stanza translates as
    Farewell young man,
    Farewell.
    Talk my love with you
    Alas! There is weeping inside of
    me, left behind here
    and inside of the people
    Weeping in our hearts.

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