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. Though we cannot commemorate Anzac Day with the traditional services and parades this year, we know many New Zealanders will want to mark the occasion from home. This page brings you a range of ways to remember from your bubble. We hope you'll join us in recognising this significant day in our history.

Participating in Anzac Day at home

Stand at dawn

Stand at dawn

It is the first time since Anzac Day services began in 1916 that New Zealanders will be unable to gather together to mark this significant day.

However, to commemorate this year we invite you to Stand At Dawn at 6am on Anzac Day.

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

Stand At Dawn this Anzac Day and take part in the commemoration by listening live on your phones/devices.

Ways to commemorate Anzac Day at home

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?

While there are no parades or services to attend this Anzac Day, you can still wear the 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 poppy on your bear in the window

Place a poppy on your bear in the window

Taking a stroll around the neighbourhood has seen Teddy Bears and soft toys popping up in our windows and for Anzac Day, we invite you to make a poppy for teddy bears or soft toys to wear, or decorate your windows in something red.

On your daily stroll, take note of these poppy-wearing teddies and soft toys - it might be a time to tell the stories of our own war-time heroes and convey the significance of this day for New Zealand.

Share a photo of your Anzac bear in the window on Instagram: #AnzacBearAKL.

Place a virtual poppy

Place a virtual poppy

Honouring our armed service men and women on Anzac Day will be quite different this year. A great way to honour someone who served from your home 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 2020' button.

Last year over 90,000 digital poppies were laid on the Roll of Honour.

Lay a virtual poppy

Anzac activities for kids

Make your own poppy

Make your own poppy

Though the traditional Anzac Day poppies won't be passed out this year, there's still a way to pay tribute to our Anzac service-people - by creating your own poppies 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

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

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.

Find out more

Poppy Red for the Anzacs

While the traditional ceremonies won't be held this Anzac Day, we continue to reflect upon and honour the day through lighting our building. From dusk on Friday 24 April to dawn on Sunday 26, 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.