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Order of Service 2018 National Commemoration

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Royal Guard of Honour


Royal Salute

Respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior

Welcome and Opening

Ward Kamo, Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāi Tahu Master of Ceremonies

National Anthems (all sing)

Advance Australia Fair

Australians all let us rejoice
For we are young and free
We've golden soil and wealth for toil,
Our home is girt by sea:
Our land abounds in nature's gifts
Of beauty rich and rare,
In history's page let every stage
Advance Australia fair
In joyful strains then let us sing
Advance Australia fair


E Ihowā Atua,
O ngā iwi mātou rā
Āta whakarangona;
Me aroha noa
Kia hua ko te pai;
Kia tau tō atawhai;
Manaakitia mai

God Defend New Zealand

God of Nations at Thy feet,
In the bonds of love we meet,
Hear our voices, we entreat,
God defend our free land
Guard Pacific’s triple star
From the shafts of strife and war,
Make her praises heard afar,
God defend New Zealand

Chaplain’s Reading

Chaplain Class 2 Peter Olds RNZN

Historical Reading

The Honourable Kelvin Davis Minister for Crown/Māori Relations

Anzac Address

The Honourable Sir William Young KNZM QC Administrator of the Government

New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir Salve Regina - David N. Childs, in Latin

Readings by Youth Representatives

Sam Keogh Representing the youth of New Zealand

Liam Kennedy Representing the youth of Australia

Annissa Greenlees Representing the youth of Turkey

New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir Spring Rain - Ēriks Ešenvalds. Commissioned by the NZ Youth Choir and NZSSC for the NZ Choral Federation’s Choral Connect 17


BJ Clark National President, Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association

Laying of Wreaths

New Zealand Secondary Students’ Choir accompany the wreath laying

Lacrimosa - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, from Requiem in D Minor, in Latin

Stemning - Hugo Alfvén, in Danish

Hine, E Hine - Arr. Dr Andrew Withington, in Māori

The Seal Lullaby - Eric Whitacre

Hine Ma Tov - Arr. Neil Ginsberg, in Hebrew

Last Post

The Ode

Chaplain Class 2 Peter Olds RNZN
E kore rātou e kaumātuatia
Pēnei i a tātou kua mahue nei
E kore hoki rātou e ngoikore
Ahakoa pēhea i ngā āhuatanga o te wā
I te hekenga atu o te rā
Tae noa ki te aranga mai i te ata
Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou.

Response: Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou

BJ Clark
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them

Response: We will remember them

One Minute Silence


Prayer of Peace

Departure of the Official Party

Second Royal Salute

The Parade Falls out

Members of the public are invited to lay poppies on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior and at the memorials

This National Service was arranged by the Visits and Ceremonial Office, Department of Internal Affairs, in partnership with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, the New Zealand Defence Force, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association

Ward Kamo appears courtesy of Celebrity Speakers (NZ)

We gratefully acknowledge the support of:
Massey University
Wellington High School
Mount Cook School
The Great War Exhibition
Wellington City Council

The Great War Exhibition is open to the public on Anzac Day from 6.30am to 6.00pm

Updated on 21st April 2018