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Last modified: 29 Jul 2020 10:40am

The Darfield War Memorial

Traditional Anzac Day commemorations will not be able to be held this Saturday (25 April) because of the COVID-19 alert.
This is the first time since services began in 1916 that New Zealanders are not able to gather nationwide to mark Anzac Day.
Instead, we’re encouraged to find other ways to remember and honour those who served and are serving New Zealand in conflict and peacekeeping.

At 6am on Saturday the RSA and Defence Force encourage people to stand for a moment at their letterbox, driveway, front door, lounge or other appropriate location, but staying within their bubbles and keeping social distance. ‘Stand at Dawn – apart, but together as one’ is the national message this year.

RNZ National will broadcast traditional Anzac Service elements at the same time, including the National Anthem, Last Post and Reveille. Full details are at Find out about other activities and resources to mark Anzac Day at

Rolleston Residents Association is planning an online service at 11am. If you have photos that could be shared as part of the service or would like more information email Michelle Jones on