AQNZ was created in 1999 in order to:
Provide a welcome for visitors from New Zealand
Foster the special relationship between Le Quesnoy and New Zealand, and in
particular the city of Cambridge
Ensure we do not forgot those who fought for us
Promote cultural exchange between our town and New Zealand
Committee and members organise
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.
highlight of the year is the ANZAC Day week end
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!
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