Images: New Zealanders welcome U.S. Marines with Maori warrior [Image 4 of 5]
Sylvia Pene, the wife of a New Zealand soldier and acting Kai Karanga, escorts Warrant Officer Class 1 Evan Kareko, the 16th Field Regiment sergeant major, and Capt. Marcus Cornelius, the Alpha Battery commanding officer with 1st Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, during a powhiri, or formal Maori welcome ceremony, here, June 10. A platoon-sized detachment of Marines from the 11th Marine Regiment recently arrived in New Zealand to strengthen military relations between the two nations. They are currently scheduled to perform in ceremonies in Wellington on June 14, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the arrival of Marines in New Zealand during World War II. Galvanic Kiwi is a U.S. Marine Corps and New Zealand Army training exchange designed to enhance interoperability and foster military-to-military relations between the U.S. and New Zealand.
Date Posted:06.12.2012 16:33