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NZDF support to 2016 Anzac Day commemorations

News: 12 April 2016

The Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General (LTGEN) Tim Keating, has today announced the scope of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) commitment to this year’s Anzac Day commemorations in New Zealand and overseas.

LTGEN Keating said NZDF personnel will support more than 300 civic and community events in New Zealand including the national commemorations at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington.

NZDF contingents will conduct Anzac Day-related services in France and Belgium, and at Gallipoli in Turkey. Other overseas-based NZDF personnel will also mark Anzac Day, including members of the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF) No. 40 Squadron which will be in the United States on exercise.

“On Anzac Day, we remember the service and sacrifice of all military personnel who have served New Zealand,’’ LTGEN Keating said.

“We also acknowledge NZDF personnel currently on deployment around the world – those working alongside our friends in the Australian Defence Force in Iraq, those on peacekeeping missions with the United Nations, and those who have been providing relief support to our Fijian neighbours devastated by Tropical Cyclone Winston.”

This year also marks the centenary of the first commemoration of Anzac Day – the first time communities and families across New Zealand joined together in remembrance of the events of 25 April 1915 on the distant shores of the Gallipoli Peninsula.

LTGEN Keating said that as well as remembering and honouring the past, Anzac Day also provided an opportunity to thank families and communities for making it possible for current NZDF personnel to serve the interests of our country.

“I extend my warmest thanks to them on behalf of the women and men of the Defence Force,” said LTGEN Keating.

Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) vessels will be deployed to their home ports around New Zealand and the RNZAF will conduct fly pasts over some areas of the country.

For further information, please contact Defence Public Affairs on 021 487 980 or [email protected]

The NZDF contingents travelling to France and Belgium and to Gallipoli are concentrating in Auckland from 10-13 April at Devonport Naval Base and Base Auckland (Whenuapai) respectively.

NZDF-supported Anzac Day events:


Commemorations in France are traditionally held on the weekend closest to Anzac Day.

23 April, 3pm (24 April, 1am NZ) – New Zealand National Service at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, France.

24 April, 6am (24 April, 4pm NZ) – New Zealand Anzac Dawn Service, Le Quesnoy, France (New Zealand also participates in the French service later that morning, which includes a march with the Le Quesnoy community to the New Zealand Memorial embedded in the walls of the town).


25 April - 6am (25 April, 4pm NZ) ​– Anzac Day Dawn Service (joint Australia, Belgium, New Zealand service), Buttes New British Cemetery, Zonnebeke, Belgium.

11.15am (25 April, 9.15pm NZ) ​– Anzac Last Post ceremony, Menin Gate, Ieper.

2pm (26/27 April, midnight NZ) – New Zealand Anzac Day Service, New Zealand Memorial Park, Nieuwzeelandersstraat, Mesen.

8pm (26 April, 6am NZ) – Last Post ceremony, Menin Gate, Ieper.

The New Zealand contingent conducting these commemorative services in France and Belgium will also participate in the rekindling of the Eternal Flame ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on 28 April at 6pm (29 April, 4am NZ).


25 April – Anzac Day Dawn Service followed by the New Zealand Service at Chunuk Bair at Gallipoli at 11.30am (25 April, 8.30pm NZ).

New Zealand

NZDF personnel will support more than 300 events throughout New Zealand.

NZDF support for the national commemorative programme at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington includes a Vigil Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior (from 5.20am – 5.50pm), catafalque guards, wreath attendants, RNZAF drummers, and a bugler from the RNZN Band.

RNZN vessels will be at home ports over Anzac weekend and Anzac Day.

  • HMNZS ROTOITI – Whangarei
  • HMNZS HAWEA – Tauranga
  • HMNZS OTAGO – Dunedin
  • HMNZS MANAWANUI – Whitianga
  • HMNZS WELLINGTON – Wellington

For more information about the ships’ visits, go to

The RNZAF fly pasts on Anzac Day will be:

  • Auckland, where a C-130 will fly past Auckland Cenotaph at 6.15am, and a P-3K2 will fly past Auckland Cenotaph at 11am.
  • Hamilton, where a P-3K2 will fly past the Hamilton First World War Memorial at 6.45am
  • Palmerston North, where two T-6C Texan aircraft will fly past the Palmerston North War Memorial at 9.15am.
  • Wellington, where two T-6C Texan aircraft will fly past Pukeahu National War Memorial Park at midday.

Note: Please note the above fly past times are approximate.

Updated on 12th April 2016