2017 ANZAC commemorations

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19 April 2017

Consecration of the Rotorua District Field of Remembrance tomorrow [Thursday 20 April] will mark the start of ANZAC commemorations in the district.

The field of crosses by the Cenotaph in Government Gardens marks the 102nd anniversary of the Gallipoli landings by ANZAC troops on 25 April 1915.

It commemorates men of the Rotorua district who served and died as a result of World War One. It was laid for the first time ahead of Anzac Day 2015 and will be reinstalled each Anzac Day until 2018.

Each of the named crosses represents a soldier from the Rotorua District, who lost their life while serving during World War One, 1914 - 1918.

The Field of Remembrance will open with a public consecration ceremony at 5pm on Thursday 20 April. The crosses will remain in place until Thursday 27 April 2017.

If you know of anyone entitled to be included in this Field of Remembrance please contact the Rotorua Lakes Council on (07) 348 4199 or the Rotorua RSA on (07) 348 1055.

Visitors are welcome to walk amongst the crosses and place personal tributes. 

Rotorua’s is one of many Fields of Remembrance throughout the country, which have been coordinated through the Fields of Remembrance Trust as part of commemorations to mark 100 years since the First World War.

Ka maumahara tonu tātau ki a rātau. We will remember them.

ANZAC Day (Tuesday 25 April) Dawn Service

Conducted by Te Arawa Maori Returned Services League Inc

5.45am gather at Ohinemutu

5.50pm parade march to Muruika Soldiers’ Cemetery (by St Faith’s Church)

Groups marching:

City of Rotorua Highland Pipe Band

Dignitaries including President Te AMRSL

Returned Services Men & Women

Defence Forces/NZ Police/Australian Contingent

Associated Organisations

6.00am Service starts

Mihi/ Welcome: Mr Bryce Morrison

Te Arawa League President

Prayers: Reverend Tom Poata

ANZAC Dedication: Major Pita Anaru

Hymn: Aue Ihu Combined Schools Choir

Sung by the (28th Māori battalion) after many battles

Guest Speaker Ngahihi o te ra Bidois

ANZAC Day parade and Civic Service

8.50am Meet at Memorial Drive Parade (lake end of Fenton St)

9.00am Parade leaves Memorial Drive

9.15am Parade arrives at Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre

9.30am Civic Service begins (the service will take about an hour)

Rotorua Museum Anzac Day Craft Activities

Drop in to Te Rūnanga Tea House (Government Gardens) with the kids this Anzac Day and enjoy some Anzac inspired poppy wreaths to commemorate New Zealand men and women who have served their country. There will be fun colouring-in sheets for younger children.

Rotorua Museum is hosting these free crafts on Tuesday 25 April 2017 from 9am until 3pm.

Road closures

On Anzac Day (Tuesday, 25 April), Memorial Drive at the lakefront will be closed from 8am to 10am.

People driving to the Energy Events Centre are encouraged to avoid Prince's Gate entrance to Government Gardens and instead enter past Polynesian Spa and take the road behind the museum and Energy Events Centre, or arrive before 9am.

  • Find out about New Zealand’s First World War Centenary Commemorations HERE
  • Find out about Fields of Remembrance HERE
Page reviewed: 07 Jun 2017 12:01pm