ANZAC Day services to go ahead

Residents and visitors gathered at the Chalmers Street Cenotaph for last year’s ANZAC Day wreath laying.

NZ Police last week called for the consolidation of ANZAC Day services around the country this year, however the local services in Hawea and Wanaka will go ahead.

In a statement last Thursday (April 11) New Zealand Commissioner of Police New Zealand Mike Bush thanked the RSA and community leaders “for their support and understanding in regard to the consolidation of ANZAC Day services for this year”.

“The decision to provide advice that some services should be consolidated was not taken lightly, and was made for the safety of everyone involved,” he said.

“We have clearly stated that there is no information of a specific threat to ANZAC Day. However the national threat level in New Zealand remains at high at this time.”

The Hawea District ANZAC Committee and Hawea Community Association are hosting the Hawea District Dawn Service on April 25 at the ANZAC Peninsula on the Lake Hawea Dam at 7am.

Armed police will be present at the service which will begin with a Call to Commemoration followed by a himene sung by Hawea Flat School students. The service will include poems read by Rachel Brown and Winifred McAllister Brown, guest speaker Queen’s Service Medal recipient Rod Anderson, a reading by Hawea District Roll of Honour student Rata Horan, a waiata by Wanaka Kapahaka Group and the laying of wreaths by the official party. The Australian and New Zealand National Anthems will be sung by Anna van Riel and Isla Henderson respectively.

There will also be an armed police presence at the Lake Wanaka dawn service at 7am by the log cabin, and at the 9.30am service at the Lake Wanaka Centre. A wreath laying ceremony will be held at the Cenotaph after the second service, but this year there will not be a procession to the Chalmers Street war memorial.

Commander Lyal Cocks, RNZN (Rtd) said the New Zealand Veterans Brass Band will be playing the national anthems, hymns and a piece titled ‘Fernleaf Headstones’, while Martin Curtis will perform Robin Laing’s ‘Donald Cameron VC’.

Lieutenant Colonel Kendall Langston, Commanding Officer of 2/4 RNZIR, and Mount Aspiring College students Peta McKay and Fletch Cavanagh will speak at the Wanaka services.


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