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Anzac Day

First observed in 1916, Anzac Day - 25 April - commemorates those killed in war and honours returned servicemen and women. The ceremonies held at war memorials around the country, and in places overseas where New Zealanders gather, are rich in tradition and ritual. Read the full article

Page 1 - Anzac Day

First observed in 1916, Anzac Day - 25 April - commemorates those killed in war and honours returned servicemen and women. The ceremonies held at war memorials around the country,

Page 3 - The ceremony

The Anzac Day ceremony of 25 April is a form of military funeral and follows a specific pattern. The day's ceremonies have two major parts: one at dawn and another later in the

Page 5 - A sacred holiday

Anzac Day became a public holiday and took on new meaning in peacetime. It became a time to express sorrow, not glorify war, on a sacred day that had a secular

Page 7 - Modern Anzac Day

Each generation of New Zealanders redefines Anzac Day to suit the mood of the times, and the last 50 years has seen much

Anzac Day in the Pacific

Armistice Day was the initial focal point for commemorations in the Cook Islands and Niue after the First World War. But because men from both countries had served in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, observances gradually shifted to Anzac Day in April Read the full article

Page 3 - The growth of Anzac Day

By the end of the Second World War military commemorations in the Cook Islands and Niue centered around Anzac Day. Services in both countries followed the pattern of those in New

Hear the 1956 dawn service at St Faith's Church, Ohinemutu.

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