Mo­tat month fires up mil­i­tary buffs


Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Mil­i­tary buffs will be gunning for Mo­tat this month.

The mu­seum’s an­nual Mil­i­tary Week­end event is back and or­gan­is­ers prom­ise it’s go­ing to be big­ger and bet­ter than ever be­fore.

As well as bring­ing Mil­i­tary Week­end this Satur­day and Sun­day Mo­tat is ex­tend­ing the ac­tion for an­other whole month of mil­i­tary ac­tiv­i­ties.

To kick things off there will be fire­power dis­plays, mil­i­tary ve­hi­cle rides and re-en­act­ments of fa­mous bat­tles that will fo­cus on the North Africa cam­paign and the Long Range Desert Group.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Michael Fraw­ley says the pop­u­lar­ity of Mil­i­tary Week­end led to the ex­ten­sion into a full month.

‘‘Ki­wis have a real en­thu­si­asm for learn­ing about the mil­i­tary world,’’ he says.

‘‘From our re­mark­able wartime mem­o­ra­bilia to the vol­un­teers who re-en­act some of the his­toric bat­tles of the past there is so much to see and ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘New Zealan­ders have been in­volved in a num­ber of ma­jor con­flicts so there is a rich his­tory to dis­cover.’’

Dur­ing the month kids can take part in an in­ter­ac­tive school hol­i­day ex­pe­ri­ence, Sol­dier, Sol­dier, which will give them an in­sight into mil­i­tary life.

‘‘A high­light will be a boot camp com­mando course that will put kids through their paces. With a real drill in­struc­tor giv­ing the or­ders, kids will have fun earn­ing their stripes as they tackle the thrilling ob­sta­cle course,’’ Mr Fraw­ley says.

He says it must be re­mem­bered that Mil­i­tary Month is also an op­por­tu­nity to re­flect on New Zealand’s con­tri­bu­tion to the var­i­ous mil­i­tary cam­paigns and the as­so­ci­ated sac­ri­fice that some of our armed forces have made.

Fire­power: Mil­i­tary month is com­ing to Mo­tat.

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