ANZAC Day in Mercury Bay

27 Apr 2021

The ANZAC Day services around Mercury Bay were very well attended on Sunday last week.

In Whitianga, more than 2,000 people attended the Dawn Service at Soldiers Memorial Park. For the first time, the Mercury Bay RSA displayed photos and details of the names listed on the cenotaph in the park on a big screen. The display was the result of years of research by a dedicated RSA research team.

A highlight of the service was the performance of “Sons of Gallipoli” by a choir especially formed for the service.

After the service, many of those who attended enjoyed breakfast at the Mercury Bay Club.

The Matarangi Civic Service was attended by approximately 300 people. It was once again an opportunity for everyone present to reflect on the sacrifices made by those who fought for the freedoms we enjoy today.

More than 250 people attended the first ever Hahei Civic Service at the Kotare Reserve Memorial Garden. An address on behalf of the New Zealand Defence Force was given by Lieutenant Commander Matt Harrison, followed by a speech by Whenuakite School student, August Popadich.

“Many people within our community were involved to make the commemoration a success,” says Gilbert Bannan, organiser of the Hahei Service. “I specifically would like to thank the Mercury Bay RSA, Penne Clayton for her valuable assistance with organising the day, Kevin Milroy who officiated, piper Carroll DePape, sound engineer Dave Burton, Fire and Emergency Hahei, Whenuakite School and Richardsons Real Estate.”

Pictured: The crowd at the Whitianga Dawn Service.