The dedication of New Zealand and Australia's servicemen and women are testament to the Anzac spirit and ability to adapt in times of great crisis. In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic forced us to find new ways to commemorate Anzac Day without the traditional services and parades. We knew many New Zealanders would want to mark the occasion from their bubbles, and while this year we are once again able to come together in person, this page brings you a range of additional ways to remember from home.

For information on this year's in-person services at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, click here.

Long reads

Standing corrected
BLOG

Standing corrected

In the lead-up to this Anzac Day, Auckland War Memorial Museum is undergoing a round of corrections and additions to the names on the Rolls of Honour chiselled on the walls. Learn more about the process behind these changes and our ongoing dedication to commemoration.

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The Impossible Newspaper
BLOG

The Impossible Newspaper

This year for UNESCO World Book Day, Cataloguing Librarian Nina Whittaker highlights an extraordinary ANZAC story of courage, and the fight to print a newspaper against impossible odds.

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Anzac stories
ONLINE CENOTAPH

Anzac stories

From the brave women of the ATA-girls ("attagirls") to the history of Jayforce, you can dive deeper into more remarkable stories of New Zealanders at war on Online Cenotaph.

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Children of War
POETRY COMPETITION

Lest We Forget

Children of War

During wartime, those who fight in uniform are far from the only casualties.

Since the Second World War, civilian deaths in conflicts greatly outweigh those of soldiers. Many victims of war are children. For this year's Lest We Forget poetry competition, we asked writers of all ages to respond to the theme of "Children of War" in poetry or prose.

The nine winners read their pieces in the WWII Hall of Memories on Anzac Day.

18+ Category Winners: 
Diane Brown
Piers Davies
Nola Dyson

12–17 years Category Winners: 
Ethan Butler
Keziah Vai
Isla Willacy

11 years and under Category Winners: 
Isa McRobbie
Faazil Muhammed
Daniel Tennant
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One of 2021's poetry finalists, Isla Willacy. Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Ways to commemorate Anzac Day at home

Stand at dawn

Stand at dawn

2020 was the first time since Anzac Day services began in 1916 that New Zealanders were unable to gather together to mark this significant day.

However, to commemorate we invited people to Stand At Dawn at 6am on Anzac Day.

While staying safely in their bubbles in the doorway, front porch, window or balcony, a virtual Anzac Day service began on Radio NZ National, sharing elements of a traditional Anzac Day service including the Last Post.

Wear a family member's medals with pride

Wear a family member's medals with pride

Do you have precious medals at home, from a family member?

Whether or not you are able to attend a parade, you can still wear a loved one's medals at home to honour the memory of your relative.

Remember, if you are wearing the medals of your family members, make sure you wear these on the right side of your chest. Read more here.

Place a virtual poppy

Place a virtual poppy

A great way to honour someone who served is to lay a digital poppy on their Roll of Honour record in our Online Cenotaph. Simply search for the person you would like to honour, then click the 'Lay a poppy for 2021' button.

To honour those thousands of New Zealand servicepeople without known graves, you can also lay a virtual poppy on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.

Lay a virtual poppy

Anzac activities for kids

Make your own poppy
CRAFT ACTIVIY

Make your own poppy

You can create your own poppy at home! We've put together two different methods for making poppies using whatever you have in your craft box and a little Kiwi ingenuity.

Let's get crafting

Bake some Anzac biscuits
RECIPE

Bake some Anzac biscuits

This Anzac Biscuit recipe is a tried and true Edmonds Cookery Book recipe. This 4th Edition Edmonds Cookery Book, released in 1923, is just one of the many Edmonds Cookery Books we hold in Documentary Heritage Collection.

From the Edmonds Cookery Book
½ cup Champion standard plain flour
⅓ cup sugar
⅔ cup coconut
¾ cup Fleming’s rolled oats
50 g butter
1 tablespoon golden syrup
½ teaspoon Edmonds baking soda
2 tablespoons boiling water

Mix together flour, sugar, coconut and rolled oats. Melt butter and golden syrup. Dissolve baking soda in the boiling water and add to butter and golden syrup. Stir butter mixture into the dry ingredients. Place level tablespoonful of mixture onto cold greased trays. Bake at 180 ºC for about 15 minutes or until golden. Makes 20.

Gallipoli in Minecraft
GAME

Gallipoli in Minecraft

Are your kids Minecraft experts? We worked with students from Alfriston College to re-create the landscape of 1915 Gallipoli in Minecraft, block by block. Visit this page to explore the experiences of the New Zealand people who served in the 1915 campaign, and visit Gallipoli in Minecraft from your bubble.

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Poppy Red for the Anzacs

From dusk on 24 April to dawn on the 26th, the building will shine poppy-red, the international symbol of the Anzacs, as a commemorative tribute to this important day. Stay informed on all our upcoming lighting schemes over at our Lighting Up the Museum page

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Life of a young Anzac soldier

Learn what life was like serving for New Zealand in WWI, through the videos in this playlist.