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Anzac Day to bring out crowds


The Porirua Anzac Day Civic Service begins at 9am.

Anzac Day services are scheduled around Porirua, crowned by the city centre service at 9am.

The 25 April commemorations recognise the servicemen and women who have died, or are in current service, for their country.

Two dawn ceremonies will take place, at Porirua RSA and Titahi Bay RSA.

At Porirua RSA, in McKillop St, assembling begins in the car park at 5.45am, before the service starts at 6am.

At Titahi Bay RSA, on Main Rd, meanwhile, the service begins at 6.30am.

All members of the public are welcome to attend both gatherings, along with the other, later, services around the city:

  • Pāuatahanui – St Alban’s Church from 10.15am, before a wreath-laying at the war memorial.
  • Takapūwāhia Marae – starts 10.30am.
  • Titahi Bay – citizens’ parade from 10.30am in Whitehouse Rd.
  • Pukerua Bay – flag-raising and recitations of Binyon’s Lines at the suburb’s RSA at 8am, before a service at the community hall at 11am and a wreath-laying at Whenua Tapu Cemetery at 12 noon.

The Porirua City Civic Service will take place at the peace memorial at Te Rauparaha Park from 9am. This will be livestreamed on the Council’s Facebook page for those unable to make it or who would prefer to watch from home.

Porirua Mayor Anita Baker says Anzac Day in Porirua is an important time to reflect.

“I look forward to events like these, because it is about both national pride and acknowledgment of local people who have served, or are serving,” she says.

“I particularly like Allan Dodson’s work for the civic service programme, highlighting someone
who served in one of the world wars – Allan puts in so much effort to research Porirua people and their sacrifice.

“I love seeing and hearing about our city coming together for Anzac Day, especially our young people. It’s a great sign of respect for a crucial time in New Zealand’s history.”

The city centre service will be followed by refreshments in Te Rauparaha Arena.

24 Apr 2024