Cadets to mark 150th anniversary

The largest parade of cadets in more than 50 years will mark the 150th anniversary of Cadet Forces in New Zealand later this month.

Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae will review the parade of 1200 cadets and officers from around the world at Waiouru Military Camp on January 29.

It comes at the end of an exercise that runs from January 24 until January 30. During this time cadets will take part in a range of military activities including flying, tramping, sailing, shooting and medical evacuation scenarios.

Commandant of the New Zealand Cadet Forces Glen Stokes said the exercise was a fitting tribute to the past 150 years.

He said it would also showcase the opportunities for future cadets.

"Cadets have a proud history in New Zealand, with many prominent Kiwis including Lord Freyberg and Sir Peter Blake developing their leadership potential within the cadet programme," he said.

Manawatu Standard