Winning student will score trip to Gallipoli
Among the prizes is a trip to Gallipoli for the national winner to commemorate Anzac Day.
New Zealand managing director retail Kerri Thompson said the bank was pleased to announce it had extended its sponsorship of the prestigious secondary school speech competition for another five years.
‘‘The National Bank, like the rest of ANZ New Zealand, has a long and proud history here dating back to 1840, with many of our people serving in wars over- seas – including our former staff member Cyril Bassett VC. We take great delight and pride in helping make this competition a success. It’s an honour to partner the RSA to promote among young people a deeper understanding of the sacrifices made by the many Kiwis who have served New Zealand overseas.’’
RSA chief executive Stephen Clarke said 140 year 12 and 13 students took part in the speech competition in 2010, its inaugural year, and the standard was impressive and a credit to the young people and schools involved.
‘‘We expect this level of interest to continue.
‘‘The National Bank RSA Cyril Bassett VC Speech Competition enables the RSA to carry the flag of remembrance to new generations providing youth with a direct connection to their heritage and the veteran community, and for the competition’s winner, an experience they will never forget,’’ he said.