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Mayors Anzac Day Message

April 25, 2020

This is the first time since Anzac Day services began in 1916 that New Zealanders are not able to gather nationwide to mark this significant day. Regardless of what form it takes, Anzac Day is our national day of remembrance. We know that all those who have served and are still serving our country in conflicts and peacekeeping, will be front and centre in New Zealander’s thoughts on Saturday, 25 April.

Please view our Mayor's ANZAC message to the District recorded yesterday - 24 April 2020.

Anzac Message from Her Excellency The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy

Anzac Message from Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern

Laying of Anzac wreaths

Council always lay wreaths at each of our memorial sites to mark ANZAC day, but unfortunately this year we couldn’t with florists being closed and delivering the wreaths not considered essential work.

So we came up with an idea to print and laminate a wreath, affix it to a stake and ask the local Police to drop them off at each memorial site as they have gone about their daily routine in the district. See the photo attached of Police in Marton with Council’s wreath.

We are exceptionally proud of the Council team and our local Police for this collaboration. While the wreath may not be exactly as we’d wish for it to be, it shows the true spirit of collaboration to mark such a special day of remembrance in NZ.

Ways for communities to engage in Anzac Day 2020

Kei wareware i a tātou. Lest we forget.

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