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Last reviewed: Thu, 18 Apr 2013

ANZAC Day Services



Dawn Service

Friday 25 April 2014

The dawn service will be held in Cranmer Square.

Service format:

  • From 6am–6.15am: the people gather
  • 6.15am: the parade begins
  • 6.30am: the service begins centred around the memorial cenotaph
  • 7.15am: the service concludes with wreath-laying 

Organised by the Canterbury Branch of the Malayan Veterans Association in conjunction with the Christchurch Branch of the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association (RSA) and Christchurch City Council.

Mayor Lianne Dalziel will lay a wreath on behalf of the citizens of Christchurch.

Map of venue

Other Services

For a full list of the other ANZAC services taking place around the city on Friday 25 April, please click here [PDF 389 KB].

There will also be a UCSA ANZAC Service at 10.30am in the University of Canterbury Registry Quad, opposite the James Hight library.

Citizens’ Service

Citizens’ Service: 10am - ChristChurch Transitional Cathedral, Latimer Square
Organised by Christchurch City Council in conjunction with ChristChurch Cathedral and the RSA. It will be attended by representatives of the Defence Force, Consular Corps and various Christchurch youth groups.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Dawn Service?
The Dawn Parade and ANZAC Service will be held in Cranmer Square starting at 6.15am.

Are there other services?
There is the Dawn Service and a Citizens’ Service. There are many other suburban services in various locations around the city and greater Christchurch – for a full list, please click here [PDF 389 KB]. There will also be a UCSA ANZAC Service at 10.30am in the University of Canterbury Registry Quad, opposite the James Hight library.

When and where is the Citizens’ Service?
The Citizens’ Service is at 10am at the ChristChurch Transitional Cathedral, Latimer Square. The Citizens’ Service is organised by Christchurch City Council in conjunction with ChristChurch Cathedral and the RSA. It will be attended by representatives of the Defence Force, Consular Corps and various Christchurch youth groups.

What will happen in the Dawn Service?

  • From 6am – 6.15am: the people gather
  • 6.15am: the parade begins
  • 6.30am: the service begins centred around the memorial cenotaph
  • 7.15am: the service concludes with wreath laying

The service will include a volley of shots fired and a fly-over by the Royal New Zealand Air Force.  The New Zealand Army band will be in attendance.

Where will the parade start and end? Can I join in?
The parade is for Uniformed and Returned Services Personnel only. It starts at Chester Street West by Cathedral Grammar on the private road. If members of the public want to see it this will be possible from Cranmer Square. Click here for a map of the route it will take.

Will there be a piper (bagpipes) at the Dawn Service or Citizens’ Service?
There will not be a piper at the Dawn Service but there will be a bugler playing The Last Post. At the Citizens’ Service there will be a piper playing Flowers of the Forest.

Will there be seating?
There will be no seating provided.  If you are mobility impaired and need assistance, please speak to one of the ushers on site. 

How long is the Service?
The Service will be about 30–45mins long.

Can we lay a wreath?
Yes – families, individuals and groups are invited to lay wreaths at the Cenotaph in Cranmer Square at the conclusion of the Dawn Service.

What will happen to the wreaths afterwards?
After the Dawn Service they will be moved to the bronze statue of Henry James Nicholas VC at the Park of Remembrance on the banks of the Avon River.

If the weather is bad on 25 April will the Dawn Service be postponed?
No. It will still continue if wet.

I am unable to attend the Dawn Service but would like to watch it on TV. Will it be screened on TV?  If so what channel and what time will it be screening?
The Dawn Service will not screen live on TV but it may be covered in the News.

Can I get a bus to Cranmer Square?
On ANZAC Day the bus services runs to a Saturday timetable but as they generally start at 6am it is highly unlikely you will be able to catch one in time for the Dawn Service. You will be able to catch one in time for the 10am Citizens’ Service at ChristChurch Transitional Cathedral. To find out more about bus services visit www.metroinfo.co.nz for scheduling details.

Will there be parking available near Cranmer Square?
There will be no specific public parking areas. Street parking will be limited, so people are encouraged to carpool and/or come early.

Where is the nearest public toilet?
There will be port-a-loos on site at Cranmer Square.

 

Authorising Unit: Communications

Last reviewed: Thursday, 18 April 2013

Next review: Friday, 18 October 2013

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