This Qantas Award-winning documentary follows a 32-strong "mob of veterans" (the oldest is 95) on a trip to London to unveil the New Zealand Memorial. The memorial in Hyde Park honours New Zealand's service in war alongside Britain. The ceremony took place on 11 November 2006; the attendees included Prime Ministers Helen Clark and Tony Blair, the Queen and musician Dave Dobbyn. For many of the elderly vets, it's effectively their second OE; they recall war stories and lost mates, flirt with journalists and endure airport drudgery. Tales of love, friendship and trauma abound in Gaylene Preston's documentary.
She had a warm cheek.– Veteran John Keefe enjoys his kiss from Prime Minister Helen Clark
Made with funding from NZ On Air
Presented with thanks to the Aotearoa/New Zealand Film Heritage Trust – Te Puna Ataata
'Welcome Home' composed and performed by Dave Dobbyn