Thousands of Otago residents are expected to rise early for
dawn services tomorrow, despite a wet forecast.
The MetService predicts scattered rain throughout Otago will
ease from noon, when northerlies will turn southwest.
Temperatures are expected to reach highs between 13degC in
Clutha and 16degC in Dunedin and Central Otago.
Last year's Anzac Day dawn service in Dunedin attracted about
8500 people to Queens Gardens and convener Lox Kellas
anticipates more will attend tomorrow's 6.30am service. This
year marks the start of the 100th anniversary of World War 1.
''It's hard to say how many will turn up, being school
holidays as well, but there's potential for more people to
turn up given the fact that it's 100 years in September since
the outbreak of the war,'' Mr Kellas said.
Guest speaker Wing Commander Aaron Young, of Wellington, will
make the Anzac address at the Dunedin Cenotaph, following
lessons by Otago University Students' Association president
Ruby Sycamore-Smith and Otago Polytechnic Students'
Association president Rebecca Swindells.
The Dunedin RSA Choir and Kaikorai Metropolitan Brass Band
will perform the hymn Gwahoddiad before a wreath-laying
ceremony. Gun salutes will be part of the service. Many
services will follow in and around Dunedin and there will be
more than 20 other services throughout Otago.
For the first time, a dawn service will be held at Millers
Flat, following the success of last year's inaugural dawn
service in Roxburgh.
A 7am parade from the Millers Flat War Memorial will feature
the Roxburgh Pioneer Generation Brass Band and guests from
the Roxburgh Area and Millers Flat schools, followed by a 9am
A 10.45am Alexandra parade will precede a wreath-laying
ceremony and service at the town's war memorial.
The Lake Hawea dawn service, from 7am, will be held at the
reconstructed memorial area on the peninsula above the dam
and include an opening song by Hawea Flat School pupils, as
well as a roll call of Hawea residents who have died at war.
After the 9.30am Wanaka remembrance service in the Lake
Wanaka Centre, a parade will go to the Chalmers St memorial
Queenstown's second annual dawn service will start at 6.45am
at the Memorial Gates on Marine Parade. From there, a parade
will begin at 9.15am and go to the Queenstown Memorial Centre
for a 10am service.
About 600 people are expected to attend the first of North
Otago's commemorations in Oamaru, where a 6.30am service will
be held at the WW1 memorial.
In the Clutha district, 13 Anzac services will be held, with
Balclutha's starting at 7.30am.