Anzac Day

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Anzac Day is our national day of remembrance. It is observed on 25 April each year. 

For the first time since Anzac Day was introduced in 1916, memorial services across New Zealand are cancelled, to keep our community safe during COVID-19.​

Despite the current lockdown, it is important to mark Anzac Day and pay respect to our fallen and returned soldiers.

Hamilton City Council is supporting the RSA and New Zealand Defence Force's Stand at Dawn initiative and encouraging residents to take part.  At 6am on Saturday 25 April stand at your letterbox, at the front door, in your lounge rooms, balconies, or in your driveway. Wherever you are, stand with us and take a moment to remember our veterans and service personnel​. ​

However, if residents are doing so outdoors in their neighbourhoods, they need to stay within their bubble and maintain physical distancing from other bubbles.

The Council is reminding people that under Alert Level 4, non-essential travel and interactions with others outside our bubbles are prohibited.

Tune into Radio NZ National (AM & FM frequencies), listen live on the internet or on your phone (download app here) for the official dawn service broadcast commencing at 6am​. Veterans are encouraged to wear their medals just as they would for the official public gathering. The morning service includes:

  • The Last Post
  • Ode of Remembrance in Te Reo & English 
  • National anthems
  • Address by Hon. Ron Mark, Minister of Defence / Minister for Veterans​

Take a photo or a video clip and t​ag #StandAtDawn #AnzacDay @RSANational @NZDefenceForce ​​

​Colouring in activity: Download an Anzac Day colouring in page here.

Page reviewed: 25 Apr 2020 5:49am