News | 22 April 2022
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Anzac Day 2022: A day of remembering

This year, you can commemorate and honour the New Zealanders who have served our country by attending one of the many Anzac Day events across Pōneke. Here’s what’s happening in the capital.

The Pukeahu National War Memorial.
Pukeahu War Memorial Park. Photo by Mark Tantrum.

Attend a service

There are a range of services across the city, starting at the Pukeahu National War Memorial:

  • 6am - A Dawn Service will be held at the Pukeahu National War Memorial. 
  • 9am - You can head to the Wellington Citizens' Wreath Laying Service at the Cenotaph Precinct (corner of Lambton Quay and Bowen Street). 
  • 11am - The Anzac Day National Commemoration Service will take place at Pukeahu National War Memorial.
  • 2.30pm - There will be a Wreath Laying Service at Ataturk Memorial in Tarakena Bay, Miramar.

You can view the list of services on the RSA website.

Join the Walk of Remembrance 

There is hidden meaning and symbolism behind certain plants, and the team at Wellington Botanic Garden ki Paekākā will be taking a deeper look at these on their Walk of Remembrance tour.

They will be looking into plants from countries involved in the two World Wars, and the plants that are associated with peace and remembrance. 

This easy, 60 minute walk will start at the Cable Car Entrance and is from 11am-12pm on Anzac Day. You can get more information on this through their Eventfinda listing.  

The chapel at Karori Cemetery.

Learn from the Friends of Karori Cemetery

Karori Cemetery is full of rich and amazing history, with many stories to be told. The Friends of Karori Cemetery aim to share their knowledge, and will be hosting a short tour of the older services area of cemetery.

This tour will cover the history and development of this dedicated area, the role of the National Women’s Reserve, the impact of the 1918 Influenza Epidemic and of course, stories of the men buried who served at Gallipoli.  

The tour starts at 1.30pm, and is a free public event for all to join. More information is found on the Facebook Event.

Listen to Rongo Toa (Battalion Anthems) 

Creative Nātives have selected five Battalion Anthems to honour ancestors who served as part of the Pioneers and the 28th Māori Battalion, and recognises the creativity and aroha behind these waiata which have become a big part of our history across the generations. 

Join the Facebook Live event at 8pm on Friday 22 April to sing and hear these performances.  

Take note of changes to services and facilities over Anzac Day

Our services and facilities change slightly on public holidays, so just a reminder that: 

  • Rubbish and recycling collections will happen as per normal on Anzac Day (Monday 25 April)
  • On street metered parking is free on Anzac Day
  • Some facilities and services may have reduced hours or may be closed, you can find these out on our holiday hours webpage. 

There will also be some road closures from 3.00am to 2pm on Monday 25 April around the Pukehua War Memorial and parking restrictions will be in place. 

  • Tory Street (Vivian Street to Pukeahu Memorial Park)
  • Tasman Street (Pukehau Memorial Park to Rugby Street)
  • Frederick Street (No Through Traffic)
  • Martin Square (South to North)