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Anzac Day Official Messages 2024

April 25, 2024

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Governor-General's Anzac Day Message 2024

Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Cindy Kiro, GNZM, QSO Governor-General of New Zealand

Kia ora koutou

On this day of reflection, New Zealanders at home and abroad turn their attention to those generations, past and present, who have sacrificed so much in the pursuit of peace. Today, we honour their integrity, steadfastness, and courage.

Each successive generation of New Zealanders has seen our service personnel involved in new conflicts around the world. From the First World War to Vietnam, Korea to Timor Leste and present-day deployments across the Middle East, Anzac Day continues to grow in significance for those who have served, and for their whānau.

Though we no longer have those with lived experience of the First World War, and fewer veterans from the Second World War still with us, the inter-generational impacts of conflict continue to be felt in homes and communities across Aotearoa: whether by the grandchildren of soldiers buried at Tyne Cot, the parents of peacekeepers, or recent refugees adjusting to life in New Zealand.

Today, we also recognise that an individual’s experience of war does not end when the fighting stops, or when safe haven is found. The physical and mental impacts – both seen and unseen – remain lifelong for our veterans.

As we gather this Anzac Day, the poppies on our lapels symbolising past sacrifices, we also carry with us the knowledge that conflict continues to affect so many people around the world. It is by continuing to work towards a future of peace and security for all, that we can best honour all those who have and continue to serve our country.

Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou.

Prime Minister's Anzac Day Message 2024

The Right Honourable Christopher Luxon Prime Minister of New Zealand

Kia ora koutou

New Zealand’s involvement in war and conflict, and the ramifications for our people, our workforce, and our society, have played a significant role in shaping the nation we are today. Each year on Anzac Day, we take pause from our daily lives, attending services, spending time with family, or taking the chance for some quiet reflection. However we spend it, this day of commemoration creates a special sense of unity as we share in remembrance of New Zealand’s military history and the courage of those who have served.

As Prime Minister, I take great pride in this country’s record of service in war and conflict and the reputation of New Zealand service personnel, which has long been associated with the values of courage, camaraderie and decency. New Zealanders have taken these values with them wherever they have served, representing our nation with honour in the most trying and difficult of circumstances, and contributing to how we are regarded globally. As a nation, we do justice to those who have served by remaining committed to the pursuit of peace and freedom, and to our responsibilities as members of the international community.

The red poppies that are worn to mark Anzac Day are a reminder not only of the war-torn earth of the Western Front, but also of the many veterans in our communities and their diverse experiences across different global conflicts. Anyone who has experience of war has a unique story. Some are willing to share their experiences, while others prefer to leave them in the past. They have known things that those of us who have not seen conflict can never fully understand.

As we mark Anzac Day, we pay well-deserved tribute to all New Zealanders who have served our country – those who have returned, those who have lost their lives, and the members of today’s New Zealand Defence Force who carry the torch onward.

In this way, we ensure their deeds and their courage will live on in perpetuity.