Services are held on 25 April throughout the city to commemorate ANZAC Day every year.
The dawn service will be held in Cranmer Square.
Organised by the Canterbury Branch of the Malayan Veterans Association in conjunction with the Christchurch Branch of the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association (RSA) and Christchurch City Council. Mayor Lianne Dalziel will lay a wreath on behalf of the citizens of Christchurch.
The service will include a volley of shots fired and a fly-over by the Royal New Zealand Air Force. The New Zealand Army band will be in attendance. The service will be projected on two large screens.
The parade is for Uniformed and Returned Services Personnel only. It starts at Armagh street from the RSA building. If members of the public want to see it this will be possible from Cranmer Square. There will not be a piper at the Dawn Service but there will be a bugler playing The Last Post. At the Citizens’ Service there will be a piper playing Flowers of the Forest. There will be no seating provided. If you are mobility impaired and need assistance, please speak to one of the ushers on site. The Service will be about 30–45mins long. Families, individuals and groups are invited to lay wreaths at the Cenotaph in Cranmer Square at the conclusion of the Dawn Service. After the Dawn Service they will be moved to the Christchurch Memorial RSA building on Armagh Street. If the weather is bad on 25 April the event will still continue if wet. The Dawn Service will not screen live on TV but it may be covered in the News.
On ANZAC Day the bus services runs to a Saturday timetable but as they generally start at 6am it is highly unlikely you will be able to catch one in time for the Dawn Service. You will be able to catch one in time for the 10am Citizens’ Service at ChristChurch Transitional Cathedral. Visit Metroinfo to find out more about bus services visit for scheduling details. Vehicular access to Cranmer Square will be restricted by road closures. There will be no specific public parking areas. Street parking will be limited, so people are encouraged to carpool and/or come early.
There will be port-a-loos on site at Cranmer Square.
The Citizens' Service will be held at Christchurch Transitional Cathedral, Latimer Square.
Organised by Christchurch City Council in conjunction with ChristChurch Cathedral and the RSA. The address at this service will be given by Commander Simon Rooke, RNZN Commanding Officer HMNZS Canterbury. It will be attended by representatives of the Defence Force, Consular Corps and various Christchurch youth groups.
There are many other suburban services in various locations around the city and greater Christchurch on Monday 25 April 2016.
|Akaroa RSA Service, War Memorial (Area School gymnasium if wet)||11.30am|
|19th Battalion and Armoured Regiment Service
The Memorial, Victoria Park, Victoria Park Road, Cashmere
|20th Battalion Assn, Jane Deans Close, Riccarton||9am|
|Cheviot RSA Service, meet at the War Memorial Cenotaph||10.30am|
|Cust RSA Service, Community Centre||10am|
|Darfield RSA Service, meet at Trinity Church||8.45am|
|Diamond Harbour, meet at the community store||10.30am|
|Dunsandel, War Memorial||8.30am|
|Ellesmere RSA Service, Leeston Rugby Football Stadium||10am|
|Fendalton, St Barnabas Church||10am|
|Halswell Domain, War Memorial||9am|
|Heathcote, corner Martindales and Bridle Path Roads||6.15am|
|Hei Hei, War Memorial||9am|
|Hororata, St John’s Church||11am|
|Kaiapoi RSA Service, Trouselot Park||10am|
|Lincoln, Event Centre||2pm|
|Little River, Community Hall||9.30am|
|Lyttelton RSA Service, meet corner London and Oxford Streets||10.15am|
|New Brighton RSA Service, War Memorial Cenotaph||10am|
|Papanui, RSA Clubrooms||10am|
|Paparua, RSA War Memorial||10am|
|Prebbleton, War Memorial||9am|
|Rakaia, The Mead Memorial Gates||9am|
|Rakaia, Memorial Community Centre||10.30am|
|Rangiora, RSA War Memorial Cenotaph||11.15am|
|Riccarton, Upper Riccarton War Memorial Library||6.30am|
|Rolleston, New Community Hall||11am|
|Sheffield, War Memorial||8am|
|Springfield, Tawera Memorial Hall||11am|
|Springston, meet at Springston School||10.20am|
|Sumner, meet at Stoke Street and Esplanade||10.40am|
|Tai Tapu, War Memorial||9am|
|Wigram, Air Force Museum||12noon|