ANZAC services near and far

Apr 17th, 2018 | By | Category: Latest News, Local Events

ANZAC services will be held in eight townships across the Waikato district on Wednesday, April 25 as well as in nearby Cambridge and Hamilton.

In Cambridge, the Dawn Service will be held outside the Cambridge Town Hall, at 6am, and the Civic Commemorative Services will be held inside the Town Hall at 9am, followed by placing of wreaths at the cenotaph.

Hamilton’s ANZAC services take place at the Cenotaph in Memorial Park on Memorial Drive, the dawn service at 6am, the civic ceremony at 10am.

The nearest service in the Waikato district will be at Gordonton, at the Gordonton Hall at 10am.

Also in the Waikato, a Civic Service will be held in the Ngaruawahia War Memorial Hall at 11am. Dawn services at 6am will be held at the Field of Remembrance in Ngaruawahia and at the Huntly Cenotaph, and at 6.15am at the Te Kauwhata War Memorial.

Times and places for assembling for parades prior to these dawn services can be found on the Waikato District Council website.

In Cambridge, members of the public and community groups who wish to participate in the Civic Commemorative Service Parade are asked to assemble at the former RSA site at the corner of Empire & Alpha Streets at 8.45am.

Parking will be available for the aged and infirm in Kirkwood Street for both Services.

In Hamilton, for the dawn service, the parade will leave Knox Street for the cenotaph at 5.45am with the ceremony finishing at around 6.40am. The civic parade leaves Knox Street at 9.45am with the service being held at 10am and finishing at around 11.15am. Both services go ahead regardless of weather conditions. ​

Hamilton’s civic parade this year includes 25 horses. In order for the horses to get to the parade starting point, they have to use public roads. If you see the horses when driving in the morning, please take care and share the road.

Meanwhile, an ANZAC street art project is blossoming again with more than 8000 poppies hand-crafted by community groups appearing on trees and walkways across the district.

More than 30 trees in 21 district townships and communities, including Matangi, are now festooned with more than 6000 red, knitted poppies.

Nearly 2000 more poppies, crafted from felt and yarn, are blooming along the northern stretch of Te Awa: Great New Zealand River Ride cycleway at Ngaruawahia and across the Perry Bridge over the Waikato River.

Community groups took up the challenge for a second year to hand-craft the poppies for a district-wide ‘yarn bombing’ street art project to commemorate ANZAC Day and to mark the international First World War Centenary, WW100 New Zealand.

Knitters from school age to retirement age have taken up the idea put forward by the Waikato District Council Placemaking Team to join with community groups and local Community Houses to decorate prominent trees in each town for the month of April.

The effort grew from nine communities last year to 20 this year, and has even spread to Waiouru where poppy-covered ANZAC blankets knitted on giant needles by children at five primary schools in the Waikato district have been turned into ‘camouflage nets’ to decorate the Centurion and Scorpion tanks outside the National Army Museum on State Highway 1.

Enthusiastic knitters were from Eureka, Glen Massey, Glen Murray, Huntly, Mangatangi, Mangatawhiri, Maramarua, Matangi, Naike, Ngaruawahia, Pokeno, Port Waikato, Puketaha, Raglan, Tamahere, Taupiri, Tauwhare, Te Kauwhata, Tuakau, Waingaro, and Waitetuna.

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