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Governor-General's message

As some organisers of Anzac Day events have indicated that they would like to read out a message from the Prime Minister or the Governor-General, here is the Anzac Day 2019 message from the Governor-General.

This content of message is embargoed until 25 April 2019. It should not be republished or broadcast before that date.

The Prime Minister's message is here.

The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM, QSO

Governor-General of New Zealand

     Anzac Day Message 2019     

On Anzac Day, New Zealanders set aside time to remember and acknowledge the contribution of our service personnel past and present, and to reflect on the impact of conflict and war in our history.

Last November we commemorated one hundred years since the signing of the Armistice. Five months later, on Anzac Day 1919, the process of homecoming was still underway.

When our service personnel returned home, they tried to pick up the threads of a life they had left behind. For many, the physical and emotional effects of the battlefield lingered, and it was not always possible to resume their previous careers. In addition, they found it hard to feel connected and understood by their families and compatriots.

A great comfort at the time was the organisation now known as the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association, formed in 1916. It became a place where veterans could gather with others who shared similar experiences, and thereby find some sense of belonging. To this day, the RSA continues to provide that vital support to current and former service personnel and their families.

In New Zealand today, we currently have over 30,000 people who have been involved in operational service. New Zealand Defence Force personnel continue to serve their country in confronting and challenging situations. They and their families feel the impact of war, as do our citizens who have come to New Zealand as refugees from war zones. 

In the aftermath of the devastating attack against our Muslim community in Christchurch, it is more important than ever to stand together for peace and harmony and to affirm that Anzac Day belongs to all New Zealanders.

Wherever we gather across Aotearoa today, we give thanks to those who have bravely served our country, we remember family and loved ones, and we stand side by side in our communities, in love and friendship.

The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM, QSO

Governor-General of New Zealand

Updated on 1st April 2019