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ANZAC Day observance

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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. 

Council, in conjuction with the local RSA's and community groups, arranges ANZAC Day Civic Ceremonies in Matamata, Morrinsville, Te Aroha and Walton. 

While we are at COVID-19 alert level 1, our services can go ahead in each of the town centres. The theme for Anzac Day 2021 is Women at War and our services will reflect that.  

If you cannot make the service or prefer to not be among crowds, you can still Stand at Dawn at your mailbox and there are lots of other ways you and your whanau can get crafty to commemorate ANZAC Day. Head to for lots of fun activities, such as making poppies for your window or letterbox and a delicious ANZAC Day biscuit recipe.    

ANZAC Day 2021