No Anzac day off for weekday workers

Wednesday 22 April 2020 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Local


No Anzac day off for weekday workers

Cook Islanders will not get a public holiday on Monday in lieu of Anzac Day, unlike their family members in New Zealand.

Anzac Day, the 105th anniversary of the landing of New Zealand and Australian troops at Gallipoli, falls on Saturday.

Ben Ponia, the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff, said Anzac Day was one of the few holidays that were marked only on the date on which they fell.

“Therefore there will be no public holiday on the Monday in lieu of the Saturday,” Ponia said.

Cook Islands RSA is cancelling the services normally held to mark the day.

Instead people are invited to commemorate the sacrifice of our service people by standing at the entrances to their properties at 6am. Organisations are welcome to lay a wreath at the cenotaph later in the day.

RSA president Henry Wichman said in keeping with physical distancing and in the spirit of international work to slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus, they would not hold their dawn service – which is usually well-attended.