The Porirua Cadet150 Parade, held on 9 November 2014 at 11am, was reviewed by The Mayor of Porirua City His Worship Nick Leggett.
Mr Leggett’s special words to the parade are recounted below:
“It is very significant that this year’s parade is held on Te Rauaprarha Park in the centre of Porirua. Your Units serve our communities with distinction and therefore you should parade in full view of everyone in the middle of the city of Porirua.
Next year we celebrate our 50th anniversary as a City and I invite each of the Units to think about how you can assist us celebrate. You have been and continue to be vital contributors and servers of the Porirua community so it’s only proper you take part in our City celebration.
The New Zealand Cadet Forces are celebrating 150 years and is the oldest youth organisation in NZ. It comprises of the Sea Cadet Corps, the NZ Cadet Corps and the Air Training Corps. It started in Otago in 1864 and today the organisation caters for secondary school aged children. There are currently 99 units around the country with over 3900 Officers & Cadets involved.
As part of the 150th Anniversary the NZCF have participated in a major camp for over 1200 Officers and Cadets at Waiouru in January 2014 where attendees enjoyed challenging activities such as flying, tramping & boating. In August His Excellency the Governor General hosted a Vice-Regal Reception at Government House for the youth leaders. The celebrations culminate with the Parade today which all Units around the country will be involved in within their communities.
Some brief information on the service of our Porirua Units:
- TS Taupo Sea Cadet Unit first paraded in October 1951 and received freedom of the city in 1979
- No. 41 (City of Porirua) Squadron Air Training Corps first paraded in May 1980 and received freedom of the city in 2005
- City of Porirua Cadet Corp Unit first paraded in October 1985 and received freedom of the city in 2014″
During the Parade Kadin Fowler was promoted from the rank of Warrant Officer to Under Officer.