This page describes the ANZAC Day commemorations held in Porirua City. ANZAC Day is commemorated on 25 April each year.
ANZAC Day observed on 25 April
ANZAC Day is observed in New Zealand as a day of commemoration for those who have died in the service of their country and to honour returned and service men and women. 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 2,721 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 RSA's to a local war 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 newspaper.
Services held in Porirua City
The usual services as published in the latest Kapi-Mana News are listed below:
Porirua City Civic Service
The Civic Service is held at the Peace Memorial on Te Rauparaha Park at 9.00am. All welcome.
A service is being held at the Pukerua Bay Community hall at 11.00 am followed by a wreath laying ceremony at Whenua Tapu Cemetery at 12.00 noon.
A Dawn Service is being held (please assemble at 6.20 am at the Titahi Bay Convenience Store, Corner Main Road and Dimock Street). For the civic service please assemble at 10.15 am at the RSA Main Road, for march to the Whitehouse Road Cenotaph for wreath laying at 10.30am.
A memorial service is held in St Albans Church, Pauatahanui, commencing at 10.15am. After the service the wreath laying is conducted at the War Memorial in Pauatahanui.
A service is held at the Takapuwahia Marae commencing at 10.30am.
A dawn service is held at the RSA, McKillop Street commencing at 6.00am.
A service is conducted at St Mary’s Church, Whitby, commencing at 10.30am.
View of Porirua City's Peace Memorial showing
floral tributes laid on ANZAC Day 2016
Peace Memorial Upgrade
On 2 February 2017, the City Delivery Committee approved funding of $517,000 to upgrade the Peace Memorial to create a space that gives the memorial a strong presence with a large area for ceremonial occasions. This will include a memorial wall displaying the names of local people who died as a result of war, a larger seating area, a better approach to the memorial from Hagley St over a widened footpath, improved access with two new pedestrian links to Te Rauparaha Arena and Norrie Street from the memorial, and two statues on either side of the memorial; one of a soldier and the other of a woman and children.
The new memorial wall will carry the names of those lost in the Boer War, First and Second World Wars and the Far East Wars and there will be plaques acknowledging the people lost in the New Zealand Wars and as peace givers or peace keepers.
The RSA is fundraising to cover the cost of the statues and the plaques to go on the memorial wall.
The aim is to complete the upgrade of the Porirua Peace Memorial by October 2017 to coincide with the commemorative date for the New Zealand Wars and the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele where New Zealand suffered its heaviest casualties in one day.
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