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Scout memorial unveiled

15th May 2014

A stone cairn marking 100 years of Scouting in Kaiapoi South Island New Zealand was finally unveiled on Saturday, 16th May 2014.

The stone cairn marked the centenary of New Zealand's first Scout troop being registered in Kaiapoi on 16 May 1908, was created as part of the town's historical riverside walkway. However, the dedication of the monument was delayed because of the earthquakes.

Kaiapoi identity David Blackwell officially unveiled the stone cairn with assistance from Scouts from the Pegasus Bay region (Waimakariri, Hurunui and east Christchurch), Waimakariri Mayor David Ayers, Kaiapoi Anglican vicar Rev Geoff Haworth, members of the Kaiapoi Promotions Association and Scouting New Zealand upper South Island regional development manager Mike Blackburn

Mr Blackwell says the stone cairn, completed in 2010, "has survived five major earthquakes, so it was well built". The stone cairn also marked the establishment of the first two Scout patrols at Camside, Kaiapoi, in April 1908. Mr Blackwell told Scouts at the unveiling that 14 of the first 15 Kaiapoi Scouts named on the monument went on to serve in World War I, "so there is a lot of history on this stone cairn". The unveiling coincided with a camp at the Scouts New Zealand camp site-Blue Skies, Kaiapoi, with more than 550 keas, cubs, scouts, venturers and leaders from throughout the Pegasus Bay region.

-- Wayne Philip, APR Correspondent, New Zealand

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