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11 May, 2022

Gilgandra remembers

In a Gilgandra first, the New Zealand National Anthem was sung at this year’s Gilgandra ANZAC Day commemorations.

By Emily Middleton

A proud Māori man, local Quintin Karaitiana sang his country’s anthem in both Māori language and English, before a few verses of the Australian National Anthem were sung.

“Singing itself is big for my culture.”

Mr Karaitiana usually raises the New Zealand flag on ANZAC Day each year. He was initially asked by Anne Hall to sing on behalf of the Gilgandra RSL Sub-Branch at the morning service. “I tried to get some of my kids to do it, but they’re too embarrassed. I’m not really scared of any-

thing though, so I jumped in the deep end,” said Mr Karaitiana. “I am a proud Māori boy, Māori man, I have no qualms representing my culture. All black all day, so it gives not only my kids but my culture, a bit to show them who we are, where they come from. Because if you don’t know where you’re from, then you don’t know where you’re going, do you?”

Mr Karaitiana has been in Gilgandra for the best part of two decades, and he loves the community. “If I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t still be here after 16 years,” he said.

Gilgandra and its surrounds hosted various ANZAC Day services at dawn and 11am. At the Gilgandra 11am service, Miller Street was closed so the ANZAC Day March could

progress down the street. The march consisted of emergen- cy services personnel, Gilgandra schools, lions club, ex-ser- viceman, and members of the RSL Sub-Branch, western districts/Gilgandra.

Pastor David Jackson gave an address at the service, alongside commander Catherine Bryan from the Royal Australian Navy. School students Ella McAnally-Elwin, Clayton Fanning, Maddi Hourigan, and Kate Woollams each contributed to the service with readings, and Bruce Horwood read The Ode.

The service concluded with the Australian, New Zealand, and Aboriginal flags rising as The Last Post and The Reveille sounded, played by David Lamb. 

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