The unique bond between NZ and Aussie soldiers in both World Wars is being marked in Kapiti by the Australian High Commission this year.
It’s sending Petty Officer Matthew Dunt of the Royal Australian Navy to join New Zealand veterans in marching to the Memorial Gates in Tutanekai Street, Paraparaumu, as dawn breaks at 6.30 am on, Friday, 25 April.
And the High Commission has nominated PO Dunt’s mother, Denise, and his sister Kimberley to lay Australia’s wreath during the Civic Service at the Memorial Gates at 9.30 am.
This year’s Anzac Day services have special significance as New Zealand starts to mark the centenary of the First World War in which 17,000 New Zealanders were killed and 41,317 wounded.
The Anzac tradition was inspired at Gallipoli in 1914-15 where the two countries fought shoulder-to-shoulder, with 2,721 New Zealanders killed and 4852 wounded. Australia lost 8,141 killed with 17,970 wounded.
Local families of those who died in WW1 are invited to march in the Dawn or Civic parades wearing the medals their ancestors were awarded.
Paraparaumu RSA hopes local people will again show their respect for the sacrifices New Zealand and Australian service men and women made by attending the services.
The RSA will again throw open its doors to the public after both the Dawn Parade and Civic Service at 9.30 am