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Rotorua will capture your heart and elevate your soul. Ancient towering trees frame wonderful bush walks and mountain bike trails, while the soft sand shores of 18 pristine lakes are a temptingly short trip from the city centre.

ANZAC Dawn Service

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Apr 2018

ANZAC Dawn Service

Ka maumahara tonu tātau ki a rātau. We will remember them. Rotorua’s Dawn Service will take place on ANZAC Day (Wednesday 25 April) at 5:45am. The service will be conducted by Te Arawa Maori Returned Services League Inc and take place at Ohinemutu. 5:45am: Gather at Ohinemutu 5:50pm: Parade march to Muruika Soldiers’ Cemetery (by St Faith’s Church) 6:00am: Dawn Service begins with a mihi (welcome) from Te Arawa Maori Returned Services League - Mr Henare Macown Prayers: Reverend Tom Poata ANZAC Dedication: Major Pita Anaru Hymn: Aue Ihu by the Combined Schools Choir (Aue Ihu was sung by the 28th Māori battalion after many battles) Guest Speaker: Warrant Officer Class 2 Bradley Foster, Australian Defence Force The Dawn Service is expected to conclude at approximately 6:30am. Following the Dawn Service the ANZAC Day Parade will depart from Memorial Drive at 9am, and make its way to the Southern Trust Sportsdrome (Queen’s Drive, Government Gardens) where Rotorua’s Civic Memorial Service will begin at 9:30am. Please be aware of the following road closures in place for ANZAC Day (Wednesday 25 April): *Memorial Drive at the lakefront will be closed from 8am to 10am. *People driving to the Southern Trust Sportsdrome are encouraged to avoid the Princes Gate entrance to Government Gardens and instead enter past Polynesian Spa and take the road behind Rotorua Museum and the Energy Events Centre, or arrive before 9am.

Rotorua’s ANZAC Parade and Civic Memorial Service

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Apr 2018

Rotorua’s ANZAC Parade and Civic Memorial Service

Ka maumahara tonu tātau ki a rātau. We will remember them. ANZAC Day marks New Zealand’s first major engagement of World War One at Gallipoli, Turkey. While it was a terrible defeat, it has gone on to become a legend of sacrifice. On Wednesday 25 April 2018 Rotorua will be hosting an ANZAC Day Parade and Civic Memorial Service open for all to attend. Locals and visitors can come to reflect and remember all the men and women who have served their country, showing courage and loyalty. 8.45am: Meet at Memorial Drive Parade (lake end of Fenton St) 9am: ANZAC Parade leaves Memorial Drive and heads through Government Gardens 9.20am: Parade arrives at Southern Trust Sportsdrome 9.30am ANZAC Civic Memorial Service begins (the service will take about an hour) The officiating Minister will be Reverend Tom Poata, with Her Worship the Mayor Steve Chadwick introducing this year’s guest speakers: Brig Gen (Rtd) R. Ian Thorpe CBE of MSD and John Paul College Drama Captain Olivia Temm. Ken Douglas will play the Last Post on his bugle before the Ode to the Fallen is read out by Mr Henare Macown and Mr Bryce Morrison in te reo Māori and English respectively. Following the laying of the wreaths music will be performed by City of Rotorua Highland Pipe Band, Evelyn Falconer, Rotorua Brass and Western Heights High School Band. There will be a free bus travelling from the start of the parade in Memorial Drive to the Civic Service, departing at 9am for those requiring transport. Please be aware of the following road closures in place for ANZAC Day (Wednesday 25 April): *Memorial Drive at the lakefront will be closed from 8am to 10am. *People driving to the Southern Trust Sportsdrome are encouraged to avoid the Princes Gate entrance to Government Gardens and instead enter past Polynesian Spa and take the road behind Rotorua Museum and the Energy Events Centre, or arrive before 9am.

ANZAC Day – Ka Maumahara Tonu Tātau Ki a Rātau

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Apr 2018

ANZAC Day – Ka Maumahara Tonu Tātau Ki a Rātau

ANZAC Day marks New Zealand’s first major engagement of World War One at Gallipoli, Turkey. While it was a terrible defeat, it has gone on to become a legend of sacrifice. On Wednesday 25 April 2018 the team from Rotorua Museum will be based at The Arts Village from 10am until 2pm with a free activity to commemorate ANZAC Day. Make a harakeke (flax) cross to contribute to the Delores Cross Project. The Dolores Cross Project is an initiative that began in April 2008 with the aim of paying tribute to approximately 30,000 New Zealand military personnel buried on foreign soil with a hand-made Dolores Cross. Visitors can come to reflect and remember all the men and women who have served their country, showing courage and loyalty. Take the opportunity to visit The Art of Remembering - Te Pū o Mahara exhibition showcasing the winners and finalist entries by Rotorua art students. Rotorua High School students were tasked with creating visual art based on the story of a Rotorua person who served in the Great War. Students were asked to interpret an aspect of their story through one of seven visual art mediums – painting, print making, sculpture, moving image, photography, digital or mixed media. The exhibition of about 30 works will be on display at The Arts Village from 21 April until 26 May 2018. Families will also be able to weave flax crosses at Rotorua Museum drop-in crafts in Te Rūnanga Tea House on Monday 23 - Tuesday 24 April and Thursday 26 - Friday 27 April, 10am – 3pm. For further information contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1818 or email rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz