Tomorrow is Anzac Day, marking 105 years since troops, many of them from New Zealand and Australia, stormed the beaches at Gallipoli.
Due to Covid-19 social distancing precautions, there will be no public dawn service this year. Instead, people are encouraged to stand at the entrances to their properties at 6am, in respect.
Returned Services Association president Henry Wichman invites people to lay wreaths, but urges them to scatter their visits to the cenotaph through the day, “so there are not large groups of people present at one time”.
* One small step for a Mama
Oasis employee Sarah Maria Reremoana is proud to wear a poppy in remembrance of her great grandfather Remuera Paiti. “We can all visit the memorial in town whenever we want to, or say our own special prayers wherever we are, let’s be respectful. It’s a day for them; they were so brave, they gave their lives for us,” she said.
At 9.45 this morning, the New Zealand and Australian High Commission offices will lay wreaths at the cenotaph.
Prime Minister Henry Puna will rest a wreath at the monument, tomorrow at 6am.
The Punanga Nui markets will open after 7am. Manager William Taripo said: “We respect Anzac, our intention is to open the market place after the official business is done.”
And some good news: from Monday, the market will be back to normal business – all stallholders are welcome to reopen.
• Anzac poppies are available for at CITC’s Oasis and the Liquor store, as well as the Bond store and Super Brown. The money donated goes to RSA.