Captain Shaun Fogarty is bidding adieu to New Zealand.
For the next three years the former Dunedin navy man will be
based in Paris. Capt Fogarty (46) is serving in a military
attache role at the New Zealand Embassy in France, helping to
facilitate New Zealand's military commemorations for World
War 1 in Europe and Turkey.
''I'm over the moon. It's the posting of a lifetime,
particularly to be involved in the commemorations,'' he said.
''It's absolutely immense. I had a couple of great uncles
killed in the First World War and so, as many New Zealanders
do, I have connections.''
He was ''honoured'' to be chosen for the role and his wife,
Felicity, and three daughters were also making the move to
Capt Fogarty joined the Royal New Zealand Navy when he was 19
and since then has served as chief of staff for the Defence
Logistics Command and has been posted to the former
Yugoslavia, the Persian Gulf and East Timor.
The three-year posting would be the longest he had served.
He would leave for Paris in about three weeks and his family
would join him in two months, he said.
Paris was a ''wee bit different from Timor'' and the conflict
zones he had served in, but he thought his family could make
the adjustment to Parisian life.
''I have been doing an immersion course and I have a basic
background in French.''
His family had also been learning French and were ''excited''
about the experience, he said.
Although the posting was a great opportunity, he was mindful
of the reason he was going.
''The focus next year will be on Gallipoli and then ... the
Western Front in Europe,'' he said.
''In France, New Zealand has nearly 8000 [soldiers] buried
there. It's the country where the most New Zealanders are
buried outside of New Zealand.''
An event he was particularly looking forward to was the New
Zealand Defence Force rugby team's tour of the UK.
The Defence Force would play defence teams from the UK and
France about the same time as next year's Rugby World Cup, he
The posting was scheduled to end in 2017, although it could