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ASSOCIATION

 

The AQNZ was created in 1999 in order to:

v  Provide a welcome for visitors from New Zealand

v  Foster the special relationship between Le Quesnoy and New Zealand, and in particular the city of Cambridge

v  Ensure we do not forgot those who fought for us

v  Promote cultural exchange between our town and New Zealand

The Committee and members organise events throughout the year, both for the local community and for our visitors from “the uttermost ends of the earth”. We always try to provide a special welcome for the many families of soldiers who fought in Le Quesnoy. Some, such as the families of Lieutenant-Colonel Blyth and of Dr. Averill, have become very firm friends over the years.

Other recent visitors have included school groups, the All Blacks, Olympic champion Sarah Ulmer, New Zealand’s Ambassador to France and her French counterpart, and Prime Minister Helen Clark.

The highlight of the year is the ANZAC Day week end

as well as the official commemorations, the historical tours, friendship walks, exhibitions and celebration dinners with impromptu music and singing mean many friends from New Zealand make this an annual pilgrimage!

In conjunction with local historians we are constantly finding out more about the events of November 1918 and their consequences for both the local population and the diggers who came over here.

Although most of our 60 members are inhabitants of Le Quesnoy (quercitains) and the surrounding areas, the AQNZ also has members in Paris, the South of France and New Zealand. If you would like to join please click here

 
 

Current Committee members

from left to right: Mireille Raoult, Marc Devos, Geneviève Boissier, Marie-Josée Burlion, Hélène Carpentier (President), Yolande Martinage, Raymonde Dramez, Gérard Richon (Vice-President), Jackie Dupont (Secretary), Olivier Duquesnoy (Treasurer)

Absent: Norbert Bailleux, Freddy Dolphin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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