Navy diver Zachary Yarwood’s ‘extraordinary’ life remembered with spine-tingling haka
Share on Reddit reddit She said Zachary was a curious child who was always trying to do more. “When he was 3 years old we used to take him to an indoor playground – the tumble jungle – he didn’t want to do the normal thing and play inside the cage, he climbed up the outside of it and on to the roof – we ended up getting banned.” Yarwood joined the Royal New Zealand Navy at just 17, taking his oath with sincerity, pride and a fierce tenacity. His friend Harding said: “He was like a magnet to people, he had an infectious humour and set himself very high standards and had great pride in his uniform.” The family said they have been completely overwhelmed with the support and loving messages they’ve received since Zachary’s death. A memorial service was held at the Devonport naval base on Thursday afternoon with more than 300 naval officers performing a haka in Yarwood’s honour. Liz Yarwood has been viewing a Facebook post by the NZ Navy, every hour, every day since his death. “More than 3000 people have reacted to it and more than 400 people have posted comments. “I’ve been receiving hundreds of text messages and requests from people – it gives me some comfort as he was just so loved by his navy family.”She gently holds a perfectly folded red T-shirt that her passionate son would have worn to the gym this week – another one of his many loves, that and the Bolton Wanderers football team. He may be gone, but his memory, inspiration, humour and drive clearly continues to live on through others today, and in the years to come.