Anzac Day – standing together, even while apart

Anzac Day – standing together, even while apart

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For the first time in history, Anzac Day Services across New Zealand have been cancelled due to COVID-19. While public Anzac Services are unable to go ahead New Zealanders are invited to continue the tradition of remembering and commemorating our veterans and service personnel from the safety of our lockdown bubbles. 


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Anzac Day Saturday 25th April ANZAC Day is is a significant occasion for New Zealanders, Australians and many other nations around the world. It recognises and commemorates all those who gave their lives in war and honours our returned servicemen and women.

It is unfortunate we can’t hold the normal parade this year, but it is pleasing to see the efforts that the local community are going to in order to recognise the sacrifices made.

David Ollerenshaw
Coordinator, Matarangi Anzac Commemeration

Stand at dawn

The RSA and New Zealand Defence Force have invited all New Zealand to join the Stand At Dawn campaign to pay respect and acknowledge the many thousands of our military people who are serving or have served, who are called upon to support New Zealand in times of war, conflict and disasters.

#StandAtDawn -  6:00 am on Saturday 25 April. Stand at your letterbox, at the front door, in your lounge rooms, balconies, in your driveway. Wherever you are in the world, stand with us and take a moment to remember our fallen – but please stay within your ‘bubble’. More information at StandAtDawn.

At this time it is important that everyone is united to Stand at Dawn for this years commemoration even though we can't all be together.

Linda Fraser
Secretary, Mercury Bay Returned Service Association

Official Dawn Radio Service 

You can tune into the official dawn service broadcast at 6:00 am. Veterans are encouraged to wear their medals just as they would for the official public gathering. Go to Radio NZ National, listen live on the internet or on your phone (download app here).

View Anzac Day TV Programe

You can view the special ANZAC Day programme at 11am available on TVNZ 1 or TVNZ On Demand.

Ideas to commemorate Anzac Day

For ideas on how to safely commemorate Anzac Day go to the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

Related Links

ANZAC Day Dawn Service - Whitianga

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