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Full slate of events to mark 100th ANZAC Day

01 April 2015

ANZAC Day poppies

A visit from a navy ship and a parade of World War I-era military vehicles will form part of commemorations on and before ANZAC Day across the Coromandel.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of New Zealand troops going ashore on the Gallipoli Peninsula, in what is now Turkey, on 25 April against the forces of the Ottoman Empire.

The New Zealand forces were part of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), and this acronym has given its name  to the day both countries take to remember the sacrifices made in war.

On ANZAC Day itself, there will be parades and services in many communities around our District (see list below), but as part of special 100th anniversary commemorations, several other events have been organised.

In Thames on April 11, there will be a parade of about 50 WWI-era military vehicles down Pollen Street, starting at 11am. The parade will include a biplane flyover.

The military vehicles will then be on display at the Thames Racecourse, where there will be a battle re-enactment complete with real cordite and gunpowder.

A free shuttle bus will take people from outside Baxters furniture store on Sealey St to the racecourse starting from about 12pm, with return trips from 3pm.

BBQ food and drinks will be available and people are welcome to bring a picnic.

HMNZS Manawanui will arrive at Mercury Bay on Friday, 24 April, and anchor offshore.

The water at the pier is too shallow for the ship to tie up.
On ANZAC Day members of the crew will visit Mercury Bay Area School and participate in Whitianga's Dawn Parade and service.

Depending on the weather and crew availability, members of the public will be able to visit the ship on Saturday.

HMNZS Manawanui  is the Navy's diving and mine counter-measures support ship.  She is equipped with a compression chamber and a wet bell to enable deep diving. She has the range to undertake peacekeeping and security missions in New Zealand waters and in the South Pacific.

Also in Whitianga, on Easter weekend, veterans of the Vietnam War who served with Victor 3 company are reuniting. The reunion coincides with the visit of a Royal New Zealand Air Force Iroquois helicopter. The Iroquois has been a work horse of the air force and served with New Zealand forces in Vietnam. The aircraft is now being phased out of service with the air force.

The public is invited to attend ANZAC Parades and Memorial Services on Saturday 25 April 2015 at the following locations:

Coromandel:

5.45am - Dawn Parade - from Coromandel Citizens Hall, Kapanga Road, Coromandel, followed by service at the Memorial Reserve, 355 Kapanga Road, Coromandel, and breakfast afterwards at Coromandel Citizens Hall.

10am - Civic Parade - from Coromandel Citizens Hall, Kapanga Road, Coromandel, followed by service at the Memorial Reserve, 355 Kapanga Road, Coromandel and morning tea at Coromandel Citizens Hall.

Matarangi

10:30am - Parade - from Ake Ake Avenue, Matarangi, to Matarangi Fire Station on Matarangi Dr. Followed by:

11am - Civic Service - Matarangi Fire Station, 201 Matarangi Dr. Followed by light lunch.

Tapu:

5.45am - Dawn Parade - from Tapu Fire Station to Cenotaph, Tapu Hall, followed by service. Breakfast provided afterwards at Tapu Fire Station.

Thames:

5.45am - Dawn Parade - (Note new start point) from cnr Cochrane and Pollen Streets, Thames.

9.45am - Civic Parade - from cnr Sealey and Pollen Streets, Thames, Followed by service, Thames War Memorial Civic Centre Cenotaph, Mary Street, Thames.

Pauanui:

5.45am - Dawn Service - Pauanui Surf Lifesaving Club, Pauanui Boulevard Pauanui (Pauanui Sports and Recreation Club if wet)

11.00am - Civic Service - at Pauanui Sports and Recreation Club, Sheppard Avenue, Pauanui.

Tairua:

6.00am - Dawn Service - Tairua Ex-Servicemen’s Cemetery, Main Road, Tairua

10.45am - Civic Parade and march for uniformed personnel/RSA - from Tairua Fire Station, Main Road, Tairua, followed by:

11.00am - Civic Service - at Tairua Community Hall, Main Road, Tairua.

Whangamata:

10.20am - Civic Parade - Led by Bay of Plenty Pipes & Drums - from Council offices, Port Road Whangamata.

11.00am - Civic Service - Whangamata War Memorial Hall, Port Road, Whangamata. Followed by light lunch and entertainment at RSA clubrooms.

Whitianga:

5.45am - Dawn Parade - from Mercury Bay Club carpark, Cook Drive, Whitianga, followed by service at Soldiers’ Memorial Park, Whitianga. Breakfast at Mercury Bay Club to follow service.

Returned service personnel are asked to wear their medals and decorations.

If you are a descendant of returned service personnel, you are welcome to participate in the parades, and remember that medals are to be worn on the right upper portion of your apparel.