This is James' recount for the school newsletter:
It is an early Wednesday morning, on the sixth of May, and Aranui and Rangahau teams are gathered in the Cultural Centre welcoming two war veterans from the Field of Remembrance Trust. They announced that they were going to replace crosses that were previously vandalised, and they also gave us extra poppies for next year’s Field of Remembrance. Along with that, they gifted the school five shirts, one of which was a special Warriors ANZAC shirt, that will be framed by the school. They gave Mrs Hogg a scarf, for her work in the Field of Remembrance, and many badges with either crosses or poppies on them. They then gave comparisons between the 17-year-old soldier, Private Mercer, who fought and died for our country and the 17-year-old who ruined the crosses. He reminded us to be the hero, rather than the person who disrespected the names of those who died for them.