Ceremonies at the National War Memorial

A detailed seismic assessment report has recently been completed on the National War Memorial Building. While Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage works through this report and make sure it understands any implications, the decision was made to temporarily close the building. Pukeahu National War Memorial Park remains open.

Annual national commemorations have been changed to a new format in response to the closure of the National War Memorial and Hall of Memories.

These will now take the form of Acts of Remembrance (wreathlaying ceremonies), which will be held at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.

Acts of Remembrance ceremonies will continue to include the appropriate veteran and government representatives, and will proceed under the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights) system.


Anzac Day 2022

National commemorations to mark Anzac Day will take place on Monday 25 April in Wellington:

  • 6am Dawn Service, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park 
  • 11am National Commemoration Service, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park 
  • 2.30pm Atatürk Memorial Wreathlaying Service, Tarakena Bay

**Please note, while the national commemorations are taking place, the Dawn Service will NOT include a Parade this year due to COVID-19.**

Both the Dawn Service and the National Commemoration will be broadcast live by TVNZ 1 and RNZ National.

Services may also be held elsewhere in the country as they have in past years, although people are advised to check with their local RSA as some services have been cancelled or scaled back due to the impact of COVID-19.

People attending national commemorations in Wellington on Anzac Day should follow all COVID-19 public health guidelines. Face masks are recommended. If unwell, please stay home.

Read the latest media release. Event details are available on the Manatū Taonga website and on the Pukeahu Facebook page.


List of 2022 ceremonies at Pukeahu

  • Anzac Day – 25 April
  • Korean War commemoration – 25 June
  • Vietnam Veteran's Day – 18 August
  • Merchant Navy Day – 3 September 
  • Malaya/Malaysia/Borneo commemoration – 16 September
  • Armistice Day – 11 November.

Updated on 21st April 2022