The New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Governor-General Sir Jerry Mataparae were among the special guests at a football event in Wellington this week set up to commemorate the Christmas Truce of 1914.
The event, #FootballRemembers, was jointly run by the British High Commission together with the French and German Embassies.
School teams from across the Wellington region participated in the all day tournament which was also attended by FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 Ambassador, Wynton Rufer.
Rufer, Oceania Player of the Century and two-time German player of the year, was a huge hit with the football playing youngsters as he posed for photos with them and the FIFA U-20 World Cup Winner's Trophy which remained on site throughout the day.
British High Commissioner, Jonathan Sinclair, described the event as a huge success. Mr Sinclair said it was an honour that both the Governor-General and the Prime Minister attended the tournament.
He said: "Clearly they attached considerable importance to the fact that we were commemorating a significant event in world history - the day when opposing troops on the battle field put down their arms on Christmas Day in 1914 and played football. Sport is a way of bringing people together and we certainly saw that during this event."
Nineteen teams of year 9s and 10s took part from around the Wellington region. Onslow College dominated with two teams competing head-to-head in the boys' final and Onslow College competing against Upper Hutt College in the girls' final. Onslow won both categories.