ANZAC Day is commemorated across the Bay of Plenty

The dawn service at the Mount Cenotaph. Photos: Taylor Rice.

At the first soft pink hue of dawn across the Bay of Plenty, the rumbling of engines can be heard as planes fly out of the eastern sky.

ANZAC Day commemorations are being held at various locations around the Bay of Plenty  to honour those who fought at Gallipoli 107 years ago.

There are many sounds being heard today, sound that haven't been heard in quite a while  - the sound of a bugle, bagpipes, the quiet footsteps as wreaths are laid.

At Mount Maunganui, there is the sound of hundreds of feet quietly and solemnly treading in unison along Marine Parade surrounded by crowds of people assembled at Mount Drury for the march off.

The Dawn Parade at the Mount Maunganui Cenotaph began at 6am.

The dawn service at the Mount Cenotaph. Photo: Taylor Rice.

Katikati Dawn Service

In Katikati, people solemnly assembled, beginning with a parade that ran from the Talisman Hotel to the Katikati War Memorial Hall.

The Katikati Dawn Parade commenced at 5.45am and concluded at 6.45am, following by the Katikati Civic Service.

Katikati Dawn Service at the Katikati War Memorial Hall. Photo: Supplied.

Tauranga RSA Dawn Service

The Tauranga RSA’s dawn parade was held at the Tauranga RSA Cenotapth at 1237 Cameron Road in Greerton. The service commenced at 6am, following people assembling at 5.45am on Hayes Avenue, and marching off at 5.55am.

Tauranga RSA’s dawn parade in Greerton. Photo: David Catt.


It was a big turn out this morning in Pāpāmoa, where the Memorial Dawn Service began with people gathering at 5.30am at the Pāpāmoa Memorial at the Stella Place beach car park.

This year is the first time there has been a formal Anzac Dawn parade at Pāpāmoa. The service is a community initiative and will supplement the dawn service held every year at Mount Maunganui’s Main Beach cenotaph.

The Pāpāmoa Scouts at the Pāpāmoa Dawn Service in Stella Place. Photo: Elodie Knaggs/Conio.

“The Mount service continues to grow and even though Covid has put a damper on things for the past two years we expect the turnout there will be as big as previously” says ex-Navy serviceman and Pāpāmoa resident Mick O’Carroll who is one of the main organisers of the Pāpāmoa commemoration.

“Our Pāpāmoa dawn service will take the pressure off the Mount service but will still give people the same opportunity to pay their respects in the same wonderful beachside setting”.

“Thanks to the generosity of local businesses and residents we have a wonderful memorial and flagpole and this service is also designed to say a big thank you to our community for their support.”

The Pāpāmoa Scouts at the Pāpāmoa Dawn Service in Stella Place. Photo: Elodie Knaggs/Conio.

The organisers were pleased to be able to include Pāpāmoa College students in the proceedings. The students participated in the service by giving the traditional Anzac ritual reading of  Laurence Binyon’s famous ode “For the Fallen”.

Former teacher Marty Elliott, a local celebrant, led the service while former Army Sergeant Major Paul Napier took care of the veteran parade formalities. Paul says it was a short march for the veterans and that they didn't need to stand for the entire service as chairs were provided.

The Papamoa community service has proceeded with the blessing of the RSA, Tauranga City Council and local tangata whenua.

Pāpāmoa Cenotaph. Photo: Brydie Henry.

Memorial Park, Tauranga

Hundreds gathered at the Tauranga Civic Memorial Service which began at 9am at Memorial Park. Groups marching in the parade assembled on the grass beside the Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre at 8.45am with the march off commencing at 8.55am.

A free park and ride service was available from Tauranga Boys’ College to Memorial Park between 8am and 8.40am, with buses returning immediately after the service. Buses dropped off and picked up from the Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre car park. All park and ride buses are accessible for people with limited mobility.

Car parking was also available at the Tauranga Boys’ College car park with marshals on-site to help people make their way to the buses. PAK’n’SAVE on Cameron Road also made its above-ground car park available for people attending the service.

The march off at Tauranga's Civic Memorial Service at Memorial Park. Photo: Taylor Rice.

Tauranga's Civic Memorial Service at Memorial Park. Photo: Taylor Rice.

Across the western Bay of Plenty dawn services are also being held at the Whareroa Marae, Gerald Crapp Reserve at Ōmokoroa Point, and Waihī Beach RSA.

Later in the morning, more services will be held from Waihī Beach to Te Puke. These services are also to honour those who have contributed to the wars and conflicts around the world since World War One.

The locations and times for ANZAC Day services being held today are below.

SunLive will update this with more photos during the morning.

Anyone feeling unwell is advised to please stay home. While not mandatory, face masks are also being encouraged.

Mount Maunganui

Mount Maunganui’s Civil Memorial Service begins at 9.30am. Those marching will assemble at Mt Drury Reserve, Hopukiore. March off is at 9.25am.

A free park and ride service will be available from Kawaka Street (behind Blake Park) to Maunganui Road (behind Mount Drury Reserve, Hopukiore). Buses will depart from Kawaka Street between 5am and 5.50am, returning at the conclusion of the Dawn Service between 6.15am and 7.30am.

Pyes Pa

The Pyes Pa Remembrance Service will begin at 11am, at the Pyes Pa Cemetary, 403 Pyes Pa Road.

Tauranga Moana Tumatauenga

The Tauranga Moana Tumatauenga Anzac Commemoration will begin at 5:45am, Whareroa Marae, 25 Taiaho Place, Mount Maunganui.

Te Puke

The 100th Te Puke Anzac Civic Memorial Service commences from 10am at the Te Puke War Memorial Hall. Please be seated before the arrival of the parade.

Parade to fall in opposite Te Puke War Memorial Hall at 9.50am.

After the service, All move to the cenotaph. Parade will be assembled and led off. The public are invited to attend the Citizens RSA Te Puke Clubrooms Jellicoe Street/Beatty Avenue for light refreshments.

Waihī Beach

The Waihī Dawn Parade will commence at 5.45am outside the Waihī Beach RSA, and will conclude at 6.30am.

The Waihī Civic Service commences at 9.25am, at the Waihī Beach RSA.


The Ōmokoroa Dawn Service commences at 6am at the Remembrance Carin, Gerald Crapp Reserve, Ōmokoroa Point.

The Ōmokoroa Community Service commences at 11am on the forecourt of the CHT Acacia Park Home and Hospital, 134 Hamurana Road.

Mauao Scout Group, Cubs and Keas at the Mount Maunganui Cenotaph. Photo: Ange Gower . 

Mount Maunganui Cenotaph. Photo: Taylor Rice.

Poppies and cross overlooking Shark Alley at the Mount Maunganui Cenotaph. Photo: Taylor Rice.

The dawn service at the Mount Cenotaph. Photo: Taylor Rice.

Tauranga's Civic Memorial Service at Memorial Park. Photo: Taylor Rice.

Tauranga's Civic Memorial Service at Memorial Park. Photo: Taylor Rice.

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1 Comment

Too Risky

Posted on 25-04-2022 10:59 | By Yadick

My personal opinion is that at such big close contact events there should be masks.

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