Capital's Anzac Parade deserves praise

24 April 2015

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown has praised everyone involved in today’s Anzac Parade through the Capital.

The Anzac Parade travelled from Parliament through Central Wellington to Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. The Mayor joined descendants of veterans, staff from New Zealand’s defence forces, service men and women, pipe bands, marching bands, and brass bands alongside immaculately restored vehicles.

“Today’s parade on the eve of Anzac Day was a wonderful commemoration of this important time in our history,” says the Mayor. “I’m proud of our Wellingtonians who’ve worked hard to make this parade the success that it was.

“It was a stunning and fascinating collection of memorabilia and it was appropriate that it concluded at the magnificent Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, which is a beautiful place of reflection, connection and learning.

“A huge thanks to everyone across the city who contributed to the creative, contemplative and respectful commemorative events, exhibitions and renewed civic places in the Capital.”

The Mayor addressed the parade participants and visitors following the parade at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, and gave thanks in particular to:

  • Defence Force and Government officials and the organising staff, specially Jamie Wilson from Chameleon Events
  • Collectors of the memorabilia who made it available for the parade
  • Sir Peter Jackson for his generosity
  • The restorers who’ve passionately and painstakingly brought this memorabilia back to life
  • Gene DiMarco, Vintage Aviator, for the aircraft flyover
  • The marching bands, pipe bands, brass bands and students who’ve journeyed along the parade
  • The combined Wellington colleges Kapa Haka group
  • The drivers and everyone who have pitched in to help our Anzac Parade be the success that it was