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An event being held in and around the historic Tapawera Military Training Camp, celebrating the centenary of the 1918 signing of the Armistice in Europe signalling the end of the First World War, Join us for a special weekend of WW1 themed activities and displays heralding The Return Home.

Confirmed Programme. Times may vary slightly on the day.

Friday 9 November

4.00pm: Motorhomes, Scouts and other weekend visitors arrive

6.00 – 8.00pm: Historic films play on loop in School Hall

Saturday 10 November

9.00am –  4.00pm: NMIT WWI exhibition in Shedwood Hall open for viewing.

10.00am – 2.00pm: Craft market at Tapawera School

10.00am: Heritage bus tour to Higgins Park –Departs from Tapawera Area School: ($5 entry fee) – Reserve a bus ride

12.00 noon: Music / sing along at Tapawera School

2.00pm: Heritage bus tour of Stanley Brook area with complimentary afternoon tea – Departs from Tapawera Area School –  Reserve a bus ride

2.00pm – 4.00pm: Theatre of Peace interactive fun and games

4.00pm – 7.00pm: Historic films played on a loop at School Hall

7.00pm: Community Poetry at Hop Inn – Tapawera Hotel

8.00pm: War Prayer Concert with Andy Dolling and Friends


Sunday 11 November

9.00am: NMIT WWI art exhibition in Shedwood Hall open for viewing

10.00am: Dedication of Tapawera Army Hut on Village Green

10.30am: Armistice Commemoration service led by RSA, Village Green

11.00am: 2 Minute silence

11.15am: Parade to site of historic Tapawera Military Training Camp led by WWI era horse drawn & wheeled vehicles (via Totara Street)

11.15am on: Displays depicting the return of the soldiers and rural life in 1918. Food carts and refreshments on site

11.45am: Motueka Pipe Band plays

12.15pm: Haymaking and sheep shearing displays using equipment of the period

12.15pm: Author Jennifer Beck reads her children’s stories

12.30pm: Ukulele Band”The Plinkers” play

1.30pm: Fly past and Aerobatic display

1.45pm: Haymaking and sheep shearing displays using equipment of the period

1.45pm: Jennifer Beck presentation ‘Writing for Children’

2.30pm: Grand Parade

2.45pm: Motueka Brass Band play

3.00pm: Closing Ceremony in “The Paddock”

3.30pm: Lone Piper plays


Clearly defined Parking will be available in and around the village, and on the Sunday there will be parking available in the historic Military Training Campground paddocks.

There is a free park and ride shuttle option for those wishing to camp and / or park their vehicles at Quinney’s Bush, with regular buses throughout the day.

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