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Anzac Day

The First World War remains one of the most significant events in our history. Each year we pause on 25 April to take some time to remember the brave men and women who have served our country. Anzac Day is our day to honour all New Zealanders who have served in times of war. And in particular to acknowledge the veterans of wars still living among us. Also we commemorate the  anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli, Turkey on 25 April in 1915. 

If you would like to lay a wreath, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your organisation name and which town and service you'll be attending.

Anzac Day Civic Ceremonies

Council, in conjuction with the local RSAs and community groups, arranges Anzac Day Civic Ceremonies in Matamata, Morrinsville, Te Aroha and Walton. 

Matamata Civic Service

The service will be held at the Matamata-Piako Civic and Memorial Centre, Tainui Street at 9.30am. The parade will muster at the Farmers carpark at 9.20am.

Morrinsville Civic Service 

The service will be held at the cenotaph in Howie Park, Morrinsville at 10.30am. If it’s raining there will be no parade, the service will be held at Morrinsville Events Centre and everyone involved in the parade is asked to meet at the Events Centre at 10am.

Te Aroha Civic Service

The parade will muster at 10.15am on the footpath on Whitaker Street outside the Duck and Cover, the service will then take place at the war memorial, Kenrick Street, Te Aroha at 10.30am. If it is raining, the service will be held at the RSA. Read more.

Walton Community Civic Service 

The service will be held at the Walton Hall, Main Road, Walton at 11am. This will be followed by the parade marching to the local cenotaph for the laying of wreaths.

Anzac Day Dawn Services

Morrinsville Dawn Service

The service will be held at the Morrinsville RSA, 27 Studholme Street at 6am. Please assemble by 5.45am in the RSA carpark. There will be a three round blank volley fire by the WWII Historical Reenactment Society. Breakfast will be served in the club after the service and all are welcome. Morrinsville RSA will be open to the public all day with food, drinks and entertainment on offer. 

Matamata Dawn Service

Dawn service begins at the Matamata-Piako Civic and Memorial Centre at 6am followed by breakfast at the Matamata RSA. The breakfast is $10 per head with all proceeds to veterans welfare. There will also be a parade at the Matamata Cemetery, Peria Road at 8.30am.

Te Aroha Dawn Service

The dawn parade will muster on the footpath on Whitaker Street outside the Duck and Cover at 5.45am. The service begins at the war memorial on Kenrick Street at 6am. People are welcome to return to the RSA afterwards, however there will be no breakfast service. Read more.