New Zealanders have marked the landings at Gallipoli since news of the event first reached this country, and Anzac Day has been a public holiday since 1921. On this day the people of New Zealand have acknowledged the sacrifice of all those who have died in warfare, and the contribution and suffering of all those who have served.
Over time there have been changes in the way that the day has been commemorated, reflecting the changing features and concerns of our society. During the Second World War, for example, there was increased interest and a heightened sense of the relevance of Anzac Day; in the 1960s and decades following it was from time to time used as a platform for anti-war and other social protest.
Today, at a time when it seems New Zealanders are increasingly keen to assert and celebrate a unique identity, we recognise Anzac Day as a central marker of our nationhood.
The number of New Zealanders attending Anzac Day events in New Zealand, and at Gallipoli, is increasing. For some younger people, the sombre focus of the day receives less emphasis than do the more celebratory aspects of a national holiday. For most, though, the day is an occasion on which to formally pay tribute and to remember.
Anzac Day now promotes a sense of unity, perhaps more effectively than any other day on the national calendar. People whose politics, beliefs and aspirations are widely different can nevertheless share a genuine sorrow at the loss of so many lives in war, and a real respect for those who have endured warfare on behalf of the country we live in.
- From Anzac.govt.nz
Here's our guide to the events and happenings in and around the Auckland region this Anzac Weekend.
ANZAC DAY Parades - Auckland 2016
25 Apr 2016
Anzac Day is a time to reflect on the servicemen and servicewomen, past and present, who have displayed courage and self-sacrifice serving our country.
There are more than 70 Anzac Day parades and services being held across the Auckland region on Monday 25 April 2016.
Click on a link below to find parades and services in your area.
ANZAC DAY PARADES
25 Apr 2016
On Monday 25 April we commemorate 100 years since the first Anzac Day service.
Come and join us as we honour the soldiers who fought at Gallipoli and other conflicts in which New Zealand has been involved.
New Zealand sent more men to fight in World War I per head of population than any other Commonwealth nation. Of those killed, almost a third were buried half a world away in unmarked graves.
NZSO - Spirit Of Anzac
22 Apr 2016
We continue to commemorate the centenary of the First World War in this special concert of remembrance and thanksgiving. Australian composer Frederick Septimus Kelly wrote his string elegy, In memoriam Rupert Brooke, from a tent while stationed at Gallipoli.
It was the poetry of A. E. Housman and his evocative portraits of the English countryside that inspired George Butterworth’s profound orches...
Illuminate - No Man's Land
22 Apr 2016 - 24 Apr 2016
Illuminate returns to Auckland War Memorial Museum in the lead up to Anzac Day this year. Composer John Psathas' No Man's Land project, fresh from debuting at the New Zealand Festival of Arts in March, will be screened onto Auckland Museum’s northern façade in a free open air event.
No Man's Land is a ground-breaking cinematic performance that brings together musicians descended from opposing for...
The Peace Poppy Photographic Exhibition
16 Apr 2016 - 27 Apr 2016
Studio One Toi Tu with Cristina Beth and Katharina Kercher present three years of photographic documentation showcasing the impact The Peace Poppy project has had on communities.
Coming together for the first time, this show represents the communities involved and the extent of the networking and collaboration taken place.
With an aim to highlight the people who created, shared and displayed...