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2017 Commonwealth Day Message by Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth

This Commonwealth Day, a baton will set out from Buckingham Palace and begin a long and extraordinary journey. Over the next twelve months, the Baton will visit people living in the nations and territories of our Commonwealth family in every continent and ocean.

Carried on its way by thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds, by the time it reaches its final destination, The Queen’s Baton will have brought together through its route and symbolism, almost 2.5 billion people who share the special connection of being Commonwealth citizens.

Contained within the Baton will be a written message that will be opened and read at the Commonwealth Games in Australia next year. However, there is an even more powerful message to be seen and experienced as the Baton passes from hand to hand, from seashore to mountaintop, through cities, towns, and villages.  It is the message of a peace-building Commonwealth.

The cornerstones on which peace is founded are, quite simply, respect and understanding for one another. Working together, we build peace by defending the dignity of every individual and community.

By upholding justice and the rule of law, and by striving for societies that are fair and offer opportunities for all, we overcome division and find reconciliation, so that the benefits of progress and prosperity may be multiplied and shared.

As members of the Commonwealth family we can find much to be thankful for in the inheritances we have received from those who came before us. Through consensus and cooperation great things have been achieved.

We can find further reward and fulfilment by continuing to collaborate with others in a spirit of goodwill to build a peaceful and abundant future for all Commonwealth citizens.


Choir Coronation Concert

5pm, Sunday 26 February 2017. Holy Trinity Cathedral.

To celebrate the 65th Anniversary of the Accession to the throne of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth, Holy Trinity Cathedral Choir invites you to a concert of music written for Coronations throughout the ages.

Starting with Handel’s Zadok the Priest, written for the Coronation of King George II in 1727, the programme will also include music by Purcell, Elgar, Bairstow, Parry, Willan and Vaughan-Williams.

The Cathedral Organist, Philip Smith, will also play some of the music specially composed for these celebrations.

All proceeds of the concert will go towards the provision of a chamber organ for the Bishop Selwyn Chapel.

Entry: koha

Commonwealth Day Service 2017

The Holy Trinity Cathedral Auckland, in partnership with The Royal Commonwealth Society Auckland Branch Inc., invites you to attend the Commonwealth Day Service, Sunday 12 March 2017 at 5 pm, at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell, Auckland.

The Queen’s Commonwealth Day Message will be read at the service.

ALL WELCOME, especially youth and service groups as the theme for 2017 is ‘A Peace-Building Commonwealth. 

This service provides an opportunity for people, young and older, from our diverse cultures, to engage actively in a Commonwealth event: an opportunity to celebrate our place in the community that is the Modern Commonwealth. You are invited to wear national dress. Medals and decorations may be worn

Light refreshments will be served in the Monteith Centre after the service.

RSVP: phone 520 0841 or email:  by Monday 6 March 2017  for catering numbers.

Visit by James Bennett 11 September 2016

Dear RCS members,

From time to time we have the opportunity to use a person visiting NZ to meet with us and hear their views on specific topics which could be of interest to our members.

Such an opportunity has come with the visit of James Bennett as part of a speaking tour through Australia and NZ. He will speak to us at Kinder House on Sunday 11 September at 2 pm and afternoon tea will be served afterwards.

James Bennett is a columnist, writer and author. His recent book is entitled ‘Audacity: New options beyond Europe’. He is a Centennial Fellow, and a member of CANZUK. There is a growing movement for closer ties between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and United Kingdom – the so called CANZUK nations.

His talk will cover a fairly wide range of options, and also examine some proposed past models, why they did not come to pass, and whether they might have relevance again in new forms thanks to changes in global conditions now in progress.

However, this opportunity came after we made arrangements for the event on 20 September at the Auckland War Memorial Museum when HE Jonathan Sinclair, British High Commissioner will be present and also Mr Roy Clare, Director of the Museum whom we will farewell prior to his return to the United Kingdom. I urge all members to attend this big event for the year and the earlier one as well if you so choose.

Please underline which applies to you: I will attend or I will not attend the James Bennett talk  at Kinder House Sunday 11 September at 2 pm.

Kind regards
Leonie Lawson
RCS President