WWI-Commemoration in Otaki
Enlarge image Ambassador Thiedemann and Otaki College students (© German Embassy Wellington)
Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy was among the many people who attended a commemoration ceremony in Otaki on 10 March 2017. They came together in honour of the sailors who died 100 years ago, when the New Zealand trading vessel SS Otaki was sunk by the German auxiliary cruiser "Möve" in the Atlantic ocean. 6 New Zealand and 5 German sailors were killed in the event. The surviving crew members were saved by the "Möve".
During the ceremony, a bronze sculpture was unveiled in memory of the fallen sailors. Minister Nathan Guy, the head of the New Zealand Army and German Ambassador Gerhard Thiedemann joined Dame Patsy Reddit in laying down commemorative wreaths. Several German college students who are spending an exchange half-year at Otaki College were among the young people taking part. Ambassador Thiedemann spent time with the students after the ceremony, where they learnt about the Embassy's work and told about their experiences with their host families and at a New Zealand school.