Important to remember the NZ in Anzac

CALOUNDRA RSL Sub-Branch president Pat Horgan is back in the role after the tragic passing of Robert McInnes late last month.

Stepping up for his fourth Anzac Day as president, he speaks about the powerful bond between Australia and our next door neighbour New Zealand.

While the relationship existed long before the World Wars, it was the events in Gallipoli during World War 1 that really solidified the bond.

Mr Hogan, an ex-serviceman who served in the New Zealand Army for over 25 years, said the two countries are integral to each other's existence and history.

"In my time in the Army our relationship was very close," he said.

"We are probably as close or closer than any other two countries in the world."

Mr Hogan was sent to Portsea in Australia for his officer training and said the culture of sharing resources and establishing mateship with members of both defence forces still honours that of the Anzac spirit.

"Of my graduating class of 40, eight were New Zealanders," he said.

"I made a lot of good friends in the Australian Army and we're still friends now."

However, what is a sibling relationship without a bit of rivalry and banter?

"Of course we'd never let the Aussies forget that the All Blacks would always beat the Wallabies," Mr Horgan said.

"The odd Kiwi joke is directed at the president, but I've got a broad shoulder; I can take it."

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