ANZAC Day Services:



Anzac Day is going ahead on Monday 25 April but with no close contact formal parades as Paraparaumu Memorial RSA works to protect the health of veterans, their families, and the public.

But the late change to ‘orange’ means the public can now be invited to Paraparaumu’s Memorial Arch at 7 am to join a shortened service led by RSA president Philip Simpson and the RSA Executive.

It will include the laying of a wreath, the piping of a lament, the playing of the Last Post, the reciting of the Ode of Remembrance , a minutes silence, and overhead Kapiti Aero Club will again pay its respects with a flypast.

The KCDC had already cancelled its traditional Citizens Parade and with no KCDC-organised traffic management systems in place it left the RSA with limited options.

It also means that with no legal way to stop vehicles parking in Amohia Street and blocking the front of the Arch, the service will be held on the playing field side of the Arch.

Philip Simpson says “we are left with another heart-breaking year in which our best efforts to remember the sacrifices of the 33,000 men and women who have died as a result of wars and conflicts can’t be fully honoured at our Anzac Day parades.”

At the Paraparaumu and Awa Tapu cemeteries, limited services will be held and poppies will be available for families and friends to lay on graves.

Veterans are invited to keep the spirit of Anzac alive by “standing to” at dawn outside their own properties and remember their mates by observing a minute’s silence and reciting the Ode of Remembrance.

The RSA will hold an indoor service at Club Vista restricted to Veterans and invited guests but publicly livestreamed at