Four ways to pay your respects this Anazc Day

Since 1939, The Dawn Service has been an enduring tradition in New Zealand come Anzac Day, serving as a way to honour those lost to the war, and acknowledge servicemen and women both returned and still serving. This year, whether you plan to attend a service locally or pay your respects in other ways, there are a number of events around the city to choose from — here are four great options. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.

An Evening of Moving Music on Anzac Eve at St David’s

Wednesday 24 April, 6.00pm – 7.30pm

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On the eve of Anzac Day, St David’s is hosting an evening of musical performances in rememberence, also honouring the 28th Māori Battalion in this special event. In this new centre for music — Kāhui St David’s, there will be moving performances by musicians Horomona Horo (taonga pūoro), David Harvey (bagpipes), Ed Waaka (piano and vocal), Helen Lukman-Fox (pipe organ) and The Off Broadway Big in the newly restored, warm and glowing Great Hall.

The Remembrance Works by Sara Hughes at St David’s

View The Remembrance Works by Sara Hughes

Thursday 25th April, all day

In 2015 St David’s established The Art of Remembrance, what has become an annual artistic project to honour all who have served New Zealand at war and in peacekeeping. This year, a visual art project has been crafted by celebrated artist Sara Hughes dubbed Colour Quartet — a remarkable four-piece series, each a statement of optimism, to honour the hopes of generations past for a brighter future. Available for purchase, the funds go towards the preservation of the Soldiers’ Memorial Church & its new life as Kāhui St David’s – for inspiration, community, and remembrance. 

The Auckland War Memorial Museum

Visit The Auckland War Memorial Museum

Thursday 25th April, 6.00am—5.00pm

Following the Dawn Service, which kicks off at 6am and finishes at 6.45am — there is a Centennial Choir performance within the WWI Hall of Memories, and entry to the Museum is free for all on Anzac Day for those who wish to visit the commemorative galleries and to discover more about New Zealand’s history and involvement in WWI and WWII.

Anzac Day Service

Attend a Parade & Service Locally

Thursday 25th April, from 6am

All across the city, there are remembrance events taking place, inviting a moment of pause, reflection, and giving of thanks to those who sacrificed for our country. Parades are kicking off at different intervals across the day, with services taking place at community venues — from churches to halls and rugby clubs, in many instances, followed by a get-together at the local RSA (who need support more than ever). Find where your local event is taking place here.


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