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Rotorua’s ANZAC Parade and Civic Memorial Service

Rotorua’s ANZAC Parade and Civic Memorial Service

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  • Wed 25 Apr ’18, 8:45am – 10:30am


Southern Trust Sportsdrome, Queens Drive, Government Gardens, Rotorua


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Ka maumahara tonu tātau ki a rātau. We will remember them.

ANZAC Day marks New Zealand’s first major engagement of World War One at Gallipoli, Turkey. While it was a terrible defeat, it has gone on to become a legend of sacrifice.

On Wednesday 25 April 2018 Rotorua will be hosting an ANZAC Day Parade and Civic Memorial Service open for all to attend.

Locals and visitors can come to reflect and remember all the men and women who have served their country, showing courage and loyalty.

8.45am: Meet at Memorial Drive Parade (lake end of Fenton St)
9am: ANZAC Parade leaves Memorial Drive and heads through Government Gardens
9.20am: Parade arrives at Southern Trust Sportsdrome
9.30am ANZAC Civic Memorial Service begins (the service will take about an hour)

The officiating Minister will be Reverend Tom Poata, with Her Worship the Mayor Steve Chadwick introducing this year’s guest speakers: Brig Gen (Rtd) R. Ian Thorpe CBE of MSD and John Paul College Drama Captain Olivia Temm.

Ken Douglas will play the Last Post on his bugle before the Ode to the Fallen is read out by Mr Henare Macown and Mr Bryce Morrison in te reo Māori and English respectively.

Following the laying of the wreaths music will be performed by City of Rotorua Highland Pipe Band, Evelyn Falconer, Rotorua Brass and Western Heights High School Band.

There will be a free bus travelling from the start of the parade in Memorial Drive to the Civic Service, departing at 9am for those requiring transport.

Please be aware of the following road closures in place for ANZAC Day (Wednesday 25 April):
*Memorial Drive at the lakefront will be closed from 8am to 10am.
*People driving to the Southern Trust Sportsdrome are encouraged to avoid the Princes Gate entrance to Government Gardens and instead enter past Polynesian Spa and take the road behind Rotorua Museum and the Energy Events Centre, or arrive before 9am.

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