Click on the links below to see the Service  for either the Dawn Parade or the Civic Service: 

Dawn Service

Civic Parade


2023 marks the 80th anniversary of the 1943 activities by the NZ Forces in World War II. Part of Central Library's display through to May 24th, is a PowerPoint presentation compiled by Ralph Body, Assistant Archivist, on the contribution to the war effort by women and those on the home front. In case you can't come in and view it on the big screen, here is a PDF version on the small screen - just for you!



In Flanders Fields

by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place, and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.