After a quick trip in an NH90 helicopter, Dame Cindy and Dr Davies were welcomed onto the New Zealand Army Marae, before attending the New Zealand Commissioning Course Graduation 2021 at Waiouru Military Camp. The marae was famously carried in place by hundreds of soldiers, and is the only marae in the country to face the setting sun to signify the Army watching the backs of the nation.
Following the welcome on the marae, it was time for the New Zealand Commissioning Course Graduation. The 31 cadets have completed the challenging 11 month course, which is a real test physically and mentally. Now the cadets have graduated as officers, they are on the path to become leaders within Ngāti Tūmatauenga New Zealand Army.