Proud Kiwi puts out call to countrymen

Piripi (Phil) Ranieri is gathering ex- NZ soldiers to attend the Wanneroo Anzac Day ceremony. d418317
Piripi (Phil) Ranieri is gathering ex- NZ soldiers to attend the Wanneroo Anzac Day ceremony. d418317

The Banksia Grove resident said that after taking part as an individual for several years he wanted to formalise their involvement by marching under the New Zealand ensign and laying a wreath.

A Royal New Zealand Infantry regular from 1967 to 1969, Mr Rawiri will march in memory of those who served with the 28th Maori Battalion in WWII.

‘I feel proud and honoured to represent my family, especially my granddaughter Hollie Ranieri-Gentle whose grandpa Hare Puke was attached to the battalion,’ said the former Hamilton resident who came to Perth in 1997.

‘Invited also is my good friend Eugene Hita, whose grandfather Te Rau Renata Hita also served with the 28th in WWII as did my uncle Taki Rawiri.

‘I would like to invite all New Zealanders to join me and my family in the march from Aquamotion to the war memorial.

‘I’m proud to walk with service personnel who served and are serving today.

‘On Anzac Day we remember the men and women who served their country irrespective of race or nationality and to be one on this significant day.’

For details, call 0412 090 266.

– Hosted by Wanneroo-Joondalup RSL sub-branch, the parade assembles at Aquamotion car park at 6.30am for a 7am start.