Anzac Day Services and Events
Anzac Day Services and Events
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.

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Anzac Day Services and Events
“We’ll Meet Again” Anzac concert

25 Apr 2013

Featuring The Beat Girls and the Swing Band of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, We’ll Meet Again is a musical tribute to the servicemen and women, families and workers of the First and Second World Wars. Entry $5, plus booking fee. Book online through Ticketek or call (04) 384 3840.
ANZAC Day Dawn Service

25 Apr 2013

Meet in Bunny Street. The pubic is invited to march behind the veterans in the parade to the Cenotaph. Bring torches. The public will be able to view the service on a big screen set up on Lambton Quay, near the corner of Molesworth Street. At the end of the Dawn Service, the parade will march to Pipitea Marae on Thorndon Quay where the Mayor will be hosting tea, coffee and ANZAC biscuits. ...
Anzac Day Market

25 Apr 2013

Come along to Riccarton House and Bush on Anzac Day for the great Anzac day Market! This will be a combination of the Saturday Christchurch Farmers Market and the Sunday Artisan Market stalls. Aswell as all the great stalls and live music there will be a gourmet sausage sizzle run by Taste Events with all of the proceeds going to the local RSA. Come and enjoy the stuning grounds, great st...
ANZAC Day Salute by North Shore Brass Tickets

25 Apr 2013

ANZAC Day Salute by North Shore Brass at Bruce Mason Centre
ANZAC Reflections 2013

25 Apr 2013

We invite you to come along and enjoy ANZAC Reflections at 2.30pm on ANZAC Day Thursday 25 April. These iconic concerts in the peaceful and picturesque setting of the pavilion at Hamilton Gardens have become a popular focus for the local community on this special day. Cantando’s Musical Director, Rupert D’Cruze, is now well established in Hamilton as a choral and orchestral (TWSO) conductor. La...
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