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22 March 2019 - Memorial Service

  • Devonport Naval Base Memorial Service - At the Memorial Wall in respect of the recent tragedy in Christchurch.

22 March 2019 - Change of Command

  • HMNZS TE MANA Change of Command ceremony

22 March 2019 -Two Minutes of Silence

  • One week on from the Christchurch Tragedy - New Zealanders will mark a week since the Christchurch tragedy where people of the Muslim faith were attacked as they went about their prayers. At 1.32pm today we will observe 2 minutes silence, alongside all New Zealanders, in respect to those who lost their lives so tragically. It is also a time to think of the families of those lost, and of our Muslim friends and colleagues in the NZDF, and in our wider communities.

Postponement - Tower de Force 2019

The Tower de Force event is back! Cheer on New Zealand military and emergency response teams as they compete in this exciting urban relay challenge. This is a great fun event and watching the teams from Navy, Army and Air Force battling it out!

  • Due to the recent tragic events in Christchurch, the decision has been made to postpone this year’s Tower de Force event originally planned for Saturday, 23rd March.
  • We will advise a new date in due course.

29 March 2019 - HMNZ Ships WELLINGTON and OTAGO

Offshore Patrol Vessels HMNZS WELLINGTON and HMNZS OTAGO will visit Wellington, details TBC.

  • Friday 29 March arrive Wellington
  • Tuesday 2 April depart Wellington

29 March 2019 - National Memorial Service

  • A National Remembrance Service for the victims of the Christchurch mosques terrorist attack, and all those affected by it, will be held at 10am on Friday 29 March, in Hagley Park and will be jointly led by the Government of New Zealand, the city of Christchurch, Ngāi Tahu and the Muslim community.

12 April 2019 - Poppy Day

Poppy Day has been a part of the New Zealand calendar since 1922, making it one of the oldest nationwide appeals, and is usually held each year on the Friday before Anzac Day.

  • The RSA Poppy Day appeal supports our current and ex-service personnel, including the NZ Police, and their families. The poppy reminds us of sacrifices made – both past and present. Poppies were the first flowers that grew in the battlefields of Flanders in Belgium during World War One and are a symbol of remembrance and hope. 
  • Once again RSA, members of the public and the NZDF will be out and about as collectors on Friday 12 April.

25 April 2019 - Anzac Day

The date itself marks the anniversary of the landing of New Zealand and Australian soldiers – the Anzacs – on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915. It may have led to a military defeat, but for many New Zealanders then and since, the Gallipoli landings meant the beginning of something else – a feeling that New Zealand had a role as a distinct nation, even as it fought on the other side of the world in the name of the British Empire.

  • Anzac Day occurs on 25 April. It commemorates all New Zealanders killed in war and also honours returned servicemen and women.
  • Anzac Day was first marked in 1916. The day has gone through many changes since then. The ceremonies that are held at war memorials up and down New Zealand, or in places overseas where New Zealanders gather, remain rich in tradition and ritual befitting a military funeral. 
  • Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders "who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations" and "the contribution and suffering of all those who have served".

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