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 the Square.

The Dawn Service starts at 6am on 25 April, followed by a Civic Service at 9am. All are welcome to attend both services.

Registrations to lay wreaths and/or parade at next year's civic service will open in 2021.

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

Anzac Day 2020

This year's services – including the national services at Pukeahu and Atatürk Memorials – didn't go ahead due to the restrictions in place in response to Covid-19.

It was the first time since Anzac Day services began in 1916 that New Zealanders weren't able to gather nationwide to mark the anniversary. Instead, people found other ways to remember and honour all those who served and are still serving New Zealand in conflict and peacekeeping.

Read a letter to the people of Palmerston North from Mayor Grant Smith, Wiremu Te Awe Awe, Wing Commander Peter Hurly and Lieutenant Colonel (Rtd) Joe Hollander.

Watch: Mayor Grant Smith's Anzac address

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

Learn how to make a wreath from common household items

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