MP Hon Alfred Ngaro joined members of the Jewish, Maori, Pacific, Indian, Christian and Hindu communities, in Auckland Silo Park to celebrate 70 years since the establishment of the state of Israel.
Ngaro reflected on his own connection with Israel through his Jewish grandmother. He also referenced the battles fought by New Zealanders in (then) Palestine in World War One, that proved significant for winning the war. New Zealand blood, spilled on that soil represented another important tie to Israel. Ngaro also acknowledged that New Zealand’s system of government was built on the Judeo-Christian values birthed in Israel.