Thank you for your interest in getting involved at TAW18: Friday 9th – Sunday 11th November 2018.
Over a hundred years ago, men from Nelson, Tasman, Marlborough, the West Coast and further afield came to the annual regional Military Training Camps established on George MacMahon’s property at Tapawera in April 1909. The Camp beside Tapawera was just over 50km from Nelson at the end of the railway line, and men came by boat, train, horse and on foot before they went off to serve in the First World War. This year, to mark the centenary of signing the Armistice in November 1918, that brought the War to an end, the Tapawera community is hosting a special weekend event for the Nelson Tasman region.
Tapawera will mark the contribution of those who served and sacrificed their lives in the Great War on Sunday 11th November at the traditional Armistice service. It will be followed by a special parade to the Military Training Camp grounds and regional displays there to illustrate what the ‘return home’ meant – what life was like for both those who returned ad those who welcomed them, and to understand more about the War’s impact for New Zealand and for us.