Council & City

Anzac Day

Anzac Day on 25 April is an integral event in our city’s annual calendar. The national day of remembrance commemorates all New Zealanders killed in war and honours returned servicemen and women.

Photo shows people gathered in front of the cenotaph for the dawn service.

Palmerston North services take place at the Cenotaph in Te Marae o Hine – The Square.

Council will host two services. Each will be 45 minutes to one hour long, and you're welcome to attend both.

The dawn service starts at 6am on Sunday 25 April.

This year we commemorate Palmy's 150th year. We are combining the 10am civic service with a sesquicentennial Charter Parade to acknowledge our ongoing partnership with Linton Military Camp and Ohakea Air Base. The parade will start outside Te Manawa on Main Street at 9.50am.

Read the charters on the Manawatū Heritage website

Both services will be streamed live in Te Marae o Hine. A big screen will be facing the grassed area opposite our Central Library. We encourage you to bring a chair if you're unable to stand for the full service. 

If you've any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Email:

Register to lay wreaths and/or parade at our Anzac Day civic service

Community groups are invited to march in the parade and lay a wreath during the Palmeston North civic service.

To register your interest, please complete the online form below. 

Please note, there is a fixed list for the dawn service parade and wreath-laying, reserved for armed forces, service personnel, and veterans.

Other Anzac Day services in Palmerston North

  • Ashhurst Village Green
    6am dawn service
    12pm civic service
  • Bunnythorpe Cenotaph
  • Māori Battalion Hall

Stand at dawn

Alongside the National Office of the RNZRSA we encourage people to stand at dawn if you’re unable to make a service. The stand at dawn initiative was introduced in 2020 during the Covid-19 lockdown. #StandAtDawn is a campaign by the RSA and NZ Defence Force, encouraging Kiwis to wear their poppy at 6am and head to their lounge, letterbox, driveway, garden or balcony and stand at dawn.

2021 Poppy Appeal

The annual Poppy Appeal is happening on Friday 16 April. This is the primary source of funds for the RSA’s extensive provision of support services to the service community. The theme for this year's Poppy Appeal is Women in Service.

Anzac Day resources

Get stuck into Anzac-themed crafts and activities on the RSA's Stand at Dawn website

Delve into NZHistory's Anzac Day resources

Listen to David Hill’s The Red Poppy or Feana Tu’akoi’s Lest we Forget on RNZ Storytime