The build-up to Anzac Day kicks off tomorrow with the Poppy Day street collection.
The theme for this year’s Poppy Day is ‘military women’ and there will be poppy collection points in the foyers of both New Worlds, Mitre 10 and outside Paper Plus. Eftpos will be available at the New Worlds and donations can also be made by going to the Givealittle Poppy Appeal page.
Last year’s national remembrance events were cancelled for the first time since Anzac Day’s inception in 1921 due the Covid-19 pandemic. New Zealanders were asked to ‘stand at dawn’ in their garden, driveway or living room on April 25 2020 for a Covid-friendly service.
This year, things will be back to normal with 7:00am dawn services at the Wānaka lakefront and the Anzac Peninsula, Lake Hāwea Dam.
There will be a 9:30am service in the Lake Wānaka Centre, followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the memorial on Chalmers Street at 11:00am.
Thanks to continuing travel restrictions preventing their trip to the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Central Otago will once again host the New Zealand Veterans Brass Band in the week leading up to and including Anzac Day.
The band last appeared in the region for ANZAC Day 2019. Made up of retired NZ Defence Force musicians from across the country, the group has reassembled every two years since 2012 to participate in Anzac Day ceremonies.
Local resident and tuba player David Leslie said the band members were really looking forward to returning to Wānaka following a “most successful visit” two years ago, and would be playing a wide range of genres, including ceremonial fanfares, marches, World War One melodies, light classics and pop.
The band will perform a series of concerts in the area, commencing on Thursday, April 22 at 2:00pm in the square beside Kai Whakapai.
They will go on to the Golden View Lifestyle Retirement Village in Cromwell, the Alexandra Services Club and the Arrowtown Autumn Festival before returning to Wānaka to perform at the lakefront dawn service on April 25, the civic service at the Lake Wānaka Centre, and a further concert for residents of the Aspiring Lifestyle Retirement Village.
Read edition 1022 of the Wānaka Sun here.