NZ Cadet forces celebrates 150th

BRIDGET RAILTON
Last updated 05:00 25/01/2014
New Zealand Cadet Forces
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ON THEIR WAY: Cadets Ethan Burgess, 17, and Leanne Scott, 16 with officer Jordan Culliford before they board a flight to Waiouru for the 150th celebration of cadet forces in New Zealand.

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One of New Zealand's oldest youth groups is celebrating a milestone birthday and a contingent of southern members is off to join the party.

The New Zealand Cadet Forces, the oldest New Zealand youth group of its kind, turns 150 this year and to mark the occasion cadets from throughout the country are heading to a six-day camp at Waiouru.

Invercargill cadet officer Jordan Culliford said a group of Southland-based cadets would join a 1200-strong group attending the camp, including staff and a delegation of international cadets.

"We have cadets from each unit in the country. It's been a big logistical effort getting everyone organised [but] it should be a lot of fun. A lot of effort has gone into planning this exercise," he said.

Cadet Leanne Scott, 16, said it was the first time she had gone on such an exercise.

Cadets began at Dunedin High School, now Otago Boys' High School, in 1864 and is now a nationwide youth organisation.

The camp, Cadet150, is the first 150th celebration planned and will conclude with a Vice Regal Parade attended by the Governor-General, Sir Jerry Mateparae.

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