Commemorative services often begin before dawn with a march by returned and service personnel to the local war memorial, where they are joined by other members of the community for the Dawn Service.
Christchurch services and events
The following information is from Christchurch City Council:
Dawn service at Cranmer Square
- 6am–6.15am: the people gather
- 6.15am: the parade begins from the RSA building on Armagh Street
- 6.30am: the service begins centred around the memorial cenotaph
- 7.15am: the service concludes with wreath-laying
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.
Citizens’ Service: 10am - ChristChurch Transitional Cathedral, Latimer Square
Organised by Christchurch City Council in conjunction with ChristChurch Cathedral and the RSA. It will be attended by representatives of the Defence Force, Consular Corps and local youth groups.
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Find more Anzac Day services
The RSA website features a Find an Anzac Day service resource.
More Anzac related events
Fields of Remembrance
In 2015, the Canterbury Province Field in Cranmer Square contained 632 crosses commemorating the men and women of Christchurch who died in 1915. That number will be added to in 2016.
Exhibitions and displays
- Canterbury Mounted Rifles regiment display - 18 to 30 April at Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre. Joe Dixon talk on the Canterbury Mounted Rifles, Tuesday 19 April, 2pm.
- ANZAC: Photographs by Laurence Aberhart at the Canterbury Museum
- Anzac display Brighton Gallery
- ANZAC Commemoration Linwood Cemetery (Sunday 24 April)
- Linwood Community Arts Centre (corner Worcester and Stanmore Road). Anzac Exhibition 2016 Monday 11 April - up to and including Anzac Day. A multi-media participatory experience on the theme, "We honour, we remember, we reflect". Photographs, artworks, installations, talks, readings, poetry and prose, printed and audiovisual material.
Find out more:
- Canterbury 100
- First World War
- See more activities and projects in Canterbury listed on the WW100 site.