Anzac Day in Palmerston North: An opportunity to remember and reflect

Published on 15 April 2024

A wreath of red poppies bearing the legend,

Anzac Day holds a special place in Palmerston North’s annual event calendar and will be commemorated on Tuesday, 25 April in Te Marae o Hine – The Square.

The day will begin with a 6am Dawn Service followed by a Civic Commemoration Service at 9am to pay respect to New Zealand’s fallen soldiers and to honour returned servicemen and women.

Mayor Grant Smith shares his thoughts, saying, "Anzac Day is a time for our community to come together and remember those who’ve served our country. It's a time of reflection, and your presence on this significant day is a heartfelt tribute to our heroes."

Both services will commence with parades shortly before their official openings at 6am and 9am. If you wish to witness the parades, you should arrive 5 minutes earlier.

Both services will run for 50 minutes to an hour, and while some seating will be available, you may need to bring along a fold-out chair if you aren’t used to standing for long periods of time.

“As we mark Anzac Day, Palmerston North will also host a range of events and exhibitions, which I encourage you to check out.”

On Wednesday 24 April at 6:30pm, the Central Library will be hosting an insightful evening lecture titled “The 160th Anniversary of QMAR”, by LTCOL Jacob Murray, RNZAC, Commanding Officer, Queen Alexander Mounted Rifles (QAMR).

The Manawatu Theatre Society's production "A Time Like This" will also be running at The Globe from 18 – 27 April, with a special matinee performance on Anzac Day.

Other Anzac Day services in the area include:

  • Te Rau o Te Aroha Māori Battalion Hall Service – 10.30am
  • Ashhurst Dawn Service – 6am
  • Ashhurst Civic Service – 12pm
  • Bunnythorpe Service – 10.30am (please note this is different time to previous years)

For more information, visit pncc.govt.nz/anzac