Anzac Day remembered in NZ and around the world

2009 Anzac Day Dawn Service Tampa Florida
A 2009 Anzac Day Dawn Service at Tampa, Florida.

20 April 2011

NZ Defence Force personnel will join kiwis around the world in places as diverse as Gallipoli, New York, Beijing, Riyadh; Afghanistan and Timor-Leste to mark one of New Zealand’s most significant days, ANZAC Day, on Monday 25 April.

Defence Force representatives will also attend many of the dawn and civic ceremonies held at war memorials and town halls throughout New Zealand.

The Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General Rhys Jones will represent the Defence Force at a number of ANZAC Day services in Gallipoli, which will also be attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully.

“ANZAC Day is a day to honour the sacrifice of our service men and women who gave their lives in the cause of peace not only at Gallipoli but in other conflicts,” said LTGEN Jones. “Today the ANZAC spirit forged on these shared battlefields continues with NZ Defence Force working alongside our Australian counterparts on numerous operations and exercises around the world.
“ANZAC Day is also a day when many New Zealanders reflect on what it means to be a Kiwi and the values we hold dear, like mateship, courage and loyalty. It is a time when our military personnel reflect on their history and the deep connections they have as individuals, and collectively as the Defence Force, to our nation. It reinforces a sense of identity, belonging and pride.”

“This year we will be represented at numerous services around the world and in New Zealand,” he said.

In Wellington Rear Admiral Jack Steer will represent the Defence Force at the National Wreath-laying and Commemorative Service, which will also be attended by the Governor General of New Zealand, the Right Honourable Anand Satyanand and members of the diplomatic corps and defence personnel.

ANZAC Day services will also be held wherever NZ Defence Force personnel are on overseas missions such as Timor Leste, Korea, Sudan, and Solomon Islands. New Zealand Defence Attaches will also attend services in the countries they are based including Singapore, Riyadh, Canada and Japan.

On ANZAC Day over 1000 New Zealand Defence Force personnel will be serving overseas on operations, UN missions and defence exercises. 


NZ Defence Force representation around the world

Due to our geographic location New Zealand is the first country in the world to commemorate ANZAC Day. Large numbers of New Zealanders are expected to attend dawn and civic services around the country especially in the main centres of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. 

  • There will be over 1000 NZ Defence Force personnel deployed on operations, UN missions or exercises overseas on ANZAC Day, and while it will be a normal work day for most, kiwis will attend dawn ceremonies where they are based.
  • Around 200-300 people are expected at the tiny settlement of Tinui, near Masterton, where the first ANZAC Day ceremony was held in 1916. The service, held at 1030, will feature a catafalque guard and firing party.
  • Over 10,000 people are expected at the Australian-led dawn service at Gallipoli. The service will be followed by the Australian service at Lone Pine at 1000 and the New Zealand Service at Chunuk Bair at 1230. These services will be attended by Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Rhys Jones and a small contingent of NZ Defence personnel.
  • In Sudan, the kiwi in Khartoum will participate in a small dawn service at the Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery, where one New Zealand soldier is buried.  The service will also be attended by members of the United Nations Mission in Sudan from Australia, Turkey and Britain, as well as members of the local expatriate community. 
  • The sole New Zealand Defence Force representative in Iraq will be at the Dawn Service at the Australian Embassy in Baghdad, with a number of Australian troops and expatriate New Zealanders and Australians.
  • A Dawn Service will be held at Kiwi Base in Bamyan Province, Afghanistan, and this will be a particularly poignant time for the Kiwis as they remember both LT Tim O’Donnell, and Pte Kirifi Mila.
  • The 28 Kiwis in the MFO will be split between a ceremony in Cairo, supporting the NZ Embassy at the Heliopolis War Graves Cemetery, and at North Camp, Sinai.
  • In the Solomon Islands the New Zealand contingent will attend a Dawn Service alongside Australian Defence Force personnel, members of the Diplomatic Corps and Participating Police Force at the Royal Solomon Islands Central Police Station Cenotaph.  From there the NZDF personnel will attend an Anzac breakfast and start the traditional Anzac Day sports competition between all the nations who support the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI).
  • Three kiwi’s with the United Nations Treaty Supervision Organisation in the Middle East will be attending the Dawn Service at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, Qasqas, in Beirut.
  • NZ Defence Attaches around the world will also attend ANZAC Day services at places such as Singapore, Canada, London and Tokyo.
  • In the Pacific ANZAC Day 2011 coincides with the arrival in Port Vila of the New Zealand contingent for Exercise PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 11, which will ensure a strong NZ Defence Force presence at the annual Dawn Service at the Port Vila War Memorial. In addition, representatives of other participating countries will attend the Service, and as in previous years the Vanuatu Mobile Force (VMF) will provide a catafalque guard and band.
  • In Seoul a joint AUS-NZ Embassy ANZAC Day Dawn Service will be held at the National War Memorial followed by a gunfire breakfast (coffee with rum added which recalls the ‘breakfast’ taken by many soldiers before facing battle).  This year’s ANZAC Day coincides with the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Kapyong in the Korean War. Subsequently the ANZAC Day commemoration will include 200 Commonwealth veterans of the Korean War (including 15 Kiwis), and the presence of: the Australian Prime Minister, the New Zealand Minister of Defence, and the Australian and New Zealand Chiefs of Army.  With official Australian and New Zealand military groups attending with the normal turnout of the local expat communities; it is expected that some 500 people will attend this year’s commemoration.
  • In Singapore, Sailors from both HMNZ Ships TE KAHA and TE MANA will attend the dawn service at the Kranji Commonwealth War Cemetery, alongside Australian, Singaporean and British Service personnel.
  • In Kuala Lumpur ANZAC Day will begin with a dawn service at the military annex of the Cheras Road Christian Cemetery where eight NZ servicemen and 2 NZ children are interred. The catafalque party will be provided this year by the HMNZS TE MANA. 
  • In London up to 3500 are expected at Hyde Park Corner for the Dawn Service. This will be followed by a wreath-laying at the Cenotaph in Whitehall at 0500 and service in Westminster Abbey at 1000.
  • Head of Defence Services in London, Brigadier Phil Gibbons, will accompany Prime Minister John Key to services in Le Quesnoy and Longueval in France.

For further information please contact Ally Clelland, Defence Communications Group 021 569 130

This page was last reviewed on 19 May 2011.