It is held on 25 April each year, which is the anniversary of the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli in 1915. The first commemorative service was held on 25 April 1916 in remembrance of the 2721 New Zealand soldiers who died during the eight- month Gallipoli campaign. Since 1916 the ceremony has evolved to the observance we know today, and acknowledges the sacrifice and service of subsequent wars and deployments of armed conflict which our service people have endured while serving their country.
In Porirua, commemorative services begin before dawn with a march by returned and service personnel at each of the RSAs to a local memorial, where they are joined in the service by members of the community for the dawn service. Further services are conducted for members of the community to join in the commemorations mid morning.
The timings and locations of each of these services are published annually in the local Kapi-Mana News newspaper.
The following services will be held in Porirua on 25 April 2019:
The civic service is held at the Peace Memorial on Te Rauparaha Park at 9am. All welcome.
In the case of bad weather the event will be moved to Te Rauparaha Arena.
A service is held at the Pukerua Bay Community hall at 11am, followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at Whenua Tapu Cemetery at 12 noon.
The Parade will form up at the Titahi Bay Surf Life Saving Club, with the main Dawn Service conducted at 6am at the north end of Titahi Bay Beach, near the old gun emplacement, on the access road to the beach from Bay Drive.
Public are welcome to join the parade or assemble for the service at the north end of Titahi Bay Beach.
The event will include cannon fire from top of Terrace Road.
In the case of bad weather, the event will be moved to the Titahi Bay RSA.
For the civic service, please assemble at 10.15am at the RSA on Main Rd, for a march to the Whitehouse Rd Cenotaph for wreath-laying at 10.30am.
A memorial service is held in St Alban's Church, commencing at 10.15am. After the service the wreath-laying is conducted at the suburb's war memorial.
A service is held at the Takapūwāhia Marae from 10.30am.
A dawn service is held at the RSA, McKillop St, starting at 6am.