Towards 2017

Grey: achieved
Black: ongoing

Short term (to mid 2011)
i. Workshop, develop and begin implementation of agreed key strategy initiatives on Towards 2017 timeline see (medium and long term below)
ii. Secure website URL and set up email address:
iii. Website live by mid year
iv. Continue to build on and develop relationships with Arras/Carriere Wellington as and when possible. Click here for more.
v. Initiate & support a Descendants’ Committee (NZ & overseas)

Medium term (by mid 2012)
i. Liaise with key stakeholders (e.g Ministry of Culture & Heritage, NZRSA etc) to ensure that NZETC is recognised part of any WW1 commemorations from 2014 onwards
ii. Identify and pursue key potential funding sources
iii. Identify & form relationships with key potential partners
iv. Work with local mining companies to tell the Tunnelling Company story and cooperate in areas of mutual benefit
v. Continue to write and present papers for conferences as appropriate
vi. Continue to research and write articles for magazines as appropriate
vii. Further develop overseas research contacts
viii. Re-examination of historic role of Maori in the mining industry and iwi links to Tunnelling Company
ix. Consideration of appropriate role (if any) re Nov 2012 Waihi Strike Centennial

Long term (2012 and beyond)
Establish and brand Waihi as the ‘Home of the New Zealand Tunnelling Company’
ii. Fund & produce NZ Tunnelling Company Memorial in Waihi. Click here for more (0.5MB PDF).
iii. Fund & develop a sustainable Tunnelling Company display in Waihi
iv. Actively work towards reciprocal visits between Arras and Waihi (e.g. selected iwi representative, school students etc)
Plan for attendance at 95th anniversary of Battle of Arras. Click here for more.
vi. Provide information for descendants travelling to attend 2017 centennial commemorations in Arras
Develop links with the towns and villages in France known to have a special relationship with NZETC.
viii. Develop & maintain Facebook page.

top: Jean-Marie Prestaux and Marjorie Albertier from Arras Tourism Office with Hauraki District Council Mayor John Tregidga, 11 August 2009

below: Mayor Tregidga lays a poppy on the grave of a Tunnelling Company soldier in France.