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Order of Service 2019 National Commemoration

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Royal Guard of Honour


Please stand

Royal Salute

Karanga by Honiana Love, Taranaki Whānui

Karakia by Peter Jackson, Taranaki Whānui

Please be seated

Respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior

Karanga by June Jackson MNZM, Taranaki Whānui

Whakamaharatanga, the Remembrance Bell, tolls

Welcome and Opening

Ward Kamo, Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāi Tahu Master of Ceremonies

National Anthems (all sing)

The Supertonic Choir and the RNZAF Band lead the National Anthems.

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 Di Woods RNZAF
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Anzac Address

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

The Supertonic Choir
MCK - U2, Arr. Bob Chilcott

Historical Reading

The Honourable Grant Robertson Minister of Finance
'This hospitable country' Irena Coates (Ogonowska) in New Zealand's First Refugees : Pahiatua's Polish Children, 2004.

Readings by Youth Representatives

On the experiences of war and its aftermath

Ben Shea Representing the youth of New Zealand

Stella O'Donnell Representing the youth of Australia

Hasan Kurnaz Representing the youth of Turkey
Tribute by Kemal Atatürk

Supertonic Choir
Bright Morning Stars - Traditional, Arr. Jay Althouse


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

Laying of Wreaths

Supertonoic Choir accompany the wreath laying

Steal Away - Traditional spiritual, arr. by Russell Robinson
Ukuthula - Traditional South African
 Maria - Bishop Pompallier, arr. by Isaac Stone
Bogoroditse Devo - Sergei Rachmaninov
Nearer My God to Thee - Leonard Mason

Last Post

The Ode

Able Seaman Iri Moeau
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

Please remain standing

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.

Updated on 15th April 2019