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Order of Service 2017 National Commemoration

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Royal Guard of Honour


Respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior          

Welcome and opening

Julian Wilcox   Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Te Arawa

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 1 Anthony Hawes RNZAF

Historical Reading

The Right Honourable Bill English

Prime Minister of New Zealand

Anzac Address

Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy GNZM, QSO

Governor-General of New Zealand

New Zealand Youth Choir

The Lord’s Prayer

Readings by Youth Representatives

Greta Healy-Melhuish

Representing the youth of New Zealand

Sami Pambudi

Representing the youth of Australia

Pinar Ünalmiş

Representing the youth of Turkey

Gaëlle Ibarguen

Representing the youth of Belgium

New Zealand Youth Choir

Ave Verum Corpus David Hamilton


B J Clark

National President, Royal New Zealand 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

B J 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



Prayer of Peace

Departure of the Vice Regal Party

This National Commemoration 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