SAT 25 APR, 6AM
FREE
Various Locations


Join us this Anzac Day for a day of commemorative services, tours, music and poetry. 

Entry to the Museum is free to everyone on Anzac Day. The Museum will open immediately following the Dawn Service.

Dawn Service
6 AM 
COURT OF HONOUR

Civic Service 
11 AM 
COURT OF HONOUR

After the Anzac Day services, visit our commemorative galleries for your own personal reflections and to discover more about New Zealand’s history and involvement in WWI and WWII.

Cantare and Choralation Choirs
Approx. 6.40AM, directly following the Dawn Service 
WWI HALL OF MEMORIES, LEVEL 2
As the sun rises on Anzac Day, join Cantare and Choralation as they welcome the Dawn in the evocative surroundings of the WWI Hall of Memories, with a programme of reflection and remembrance. Cantare is Westlake Girls’ premier choir, which won their consecutive Gold Award at the Big Sing in 2019, and Choralation is the combined Westlake Girls’ and Westlake Boys’ High Schools choir, who also won a Gold Award at 2019’s Big Sing.

Military Service Research 
6.45AM - 5PM 
POU MAUMAHARA MEMORIAL DISCOVERY CENTRE, LEVEL 2
In Pou Maumahara, you can discover more about a service person using Online Cenotaph and other library resources.

Holding Hands in Peace Craft
6.45AM – 3PM
WEIRD AND WONDERFUL, LEVEL 1
Draw yourself on the doll template, then add yourself to the human chain holding hands on the world map.

Messages of Hope
6.45AM – 5PM
WWI HALL OF MEMORIES
Write a wish for peace or a message of hope for the many children living in war-torn countries today.

WWI and WWII Tours
7.15AM, 8.15AM, 9.15AM, 12.30PM, 1.30PM, 2.30PM AND 3.30PM 
MEET OUTSIDE PACIFIC LIFEWAYS, GROUND LEVEL
Join our experienced guides and explore the stories of the First and Second World Wars.

Auckland Youth Choir – Meditations on Mercy and Innocence
8.30AM
WWI HALL OF MEMORIES, LEVEL 2
On this day of remembrance, Auckland Youth Choir perform a selection of poignant pieces under the musical direction of Lachlan Craig as we contemplate mercy and innocence.

Lest We Forget Poetry Competition Finalists
9.30AM
WWII HALL OF MEMORIES, LEVEL 2
Join us in support of the finalists of our Lest We Forget Poetry Competition, as they read out their winning entries. Finalists were asked to create a response in poetry or prose to the theme of "Children of War".

Cantare and Choralation Choirs 
Approx 12 NOON, directly following the Civic Service
WWI HALL OF MEMORIES, LEVEL 2
Cantare and Choralation Choirs from Westlake Boys’ and Girls’ High Schools returns to present another programme of reflection and remembrance in our WWI Hall of Memories.

Poetry Competition
Lest We Forget - Children Of War

Poetry Competition

Our annual Lest We Forget Poetry Competition is now open, until Tue 14 Apr. This year's theme is Children of War - exploring how young people are impacted by conflict. Finalists will be invited to read their entries at the Museum on Anzac Day at 9.30am.