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The Time of Our Lives

Television (Full Length) – 2007

She had a warm cheek.
– Veteran John Keefe enjoys his kiss from Prime Minister Helen Clark
...amazing ... what an honour.
– Musician Dave Dobbyn gets emotional after rehearsing 'Welcome Home', for the New Zealand Memorial unveiling
No I don't think I was surprised, I was more sorry. Any sort of talk of war, or people having to go now...well, they don't realise what it is.
– Veteran Tony Wellacott reflects on the harsh realties of going to war at age 22
This memorial was also about the contemporary relationship; it's about what New Zealand has become in the 21st century. So it's past, present and future.
– Prime Minister Helen Clark on the New Zealand Memorial in London
Whilst the memorial is about the long-term relationship between Britain and New Zealand, for us, the Defence Force, your place here is important. You encapture those things about goodwill; you encapture those things about commitment, about service. And you also capture that sentiment that only you can bring into this party — which is sacrifice.
– Lieutenant General Jerry Mateparae, then Chief of the NZ Defence Force, speaks to veterans attending the New Zealand Memorial unveiling
The oldest fella here is 95 I believe, and he was the fittest of them all. In fact his medical check only took about two minutes. Everyone else was about five or 10...
– Musician Dave Dobbyn on getting medical checks for the trip, early in the documentary