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Order of Service 2017 Dawn Service

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Dawn Parade



Chaplain Class 1 Anthony Hawes RNZAF

Dawn Gun

Drum Roll


Opening Prayer

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

Vice-Regal Address

Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM, QSO
Governor-General of New Zealand

Brief remarks by Australian Secretary of Defence, Mr Dennis Richardson AO


Abide With Me

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide;
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness;
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies;
Heav’n’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

Anzac Dedication

Colonel David Moloney OBE (Rtd)

President, Wellington Returned and Services’ Association

Laying of Wreaths

Last Post

The Ode

Warrant Officer Bernie Reihana

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

Colonel David Moloney OBE (Rtd)

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


The flags of New Zealand and the Commonwealth of Australia are raised to full masthead


Whakaria Mai

Whakaaria mai
Töu rīpeka ki au
Tiaho mai
Ra roto i te pö
Hei kona au
Titiro atu ai
Ora, mate,
Hei au koe noho ai

Whakaaria mai
Töu rīpeka ki au
Tiaho mai
Ra roto i te pö
Hei kona au
Titiro atu ai
Ora, mate,
Hei au koe noho ai

O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works Thy hand hath made.
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

Peace Prayer and Dismissal


Vice-Regal party departs


The Parade Falls out

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

This Dawn Service was arranged in conjunction with the Wellington Returned and Services’ Association by the 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, the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association and the Wellington City Council.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of:

Massey University

Wellington High School

Mount Cook School

The Great War Exhibition

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

Updated on 25th April 2017