15 May 2016

Officials set off for Battle of Crete tribute

4:43 pm on 15 May 2016

Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae is in Greece to take part in 75th anniversary commemorations for the Battle of Crete.

Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae

Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae Photo: AFP

Of the 7700 New Zealanders who fought in the battle, 671 were killed.

Sir Jerry will take part in the unveiling of a memorial plaque at 42nd Street in Crete, the scene of a pivotal attack on New Zealand and Australian troops.

He will also attend a service of remembrance at Souda Bay.

Sir Jerry will fly to London later this week, where he will have lunch with the Queen.

Education Minister Hekia Parata will also be attending the commemorations.

Ms Parata said she was particularly pleased to join the Governor-General and represent New Zealand at the commemorations because her uncle and grandfather as well as members of her extended family fought in the battle as members of the 28th Māori Battalion.