An estimated crowd of between 8500 and 9000 people gathered
around the Dunedin Cenotaph in Queens Gardens for this
morning's Anzac Day dawn service.
Forecast rain held off and other than a slight breeze the
weather was fine.
Bagpipes called men, women and children to the ceremony,
which started once a parade - led by the City of Dunedin Pipe
Band - marched to the Cenotaph.
A drum roll to call the spirits signalled two rounds from a
105 howitzer at 6.30am, commencing the service.
Specially selected hymns, prayers and lessons punctuated
speeches and Anzac dedications.
Guest speaker Wing Commander Aaron Young, of the Royal New
Zealand Air Force, gave the Anzac address.
He said this year's 100th anniversary of the outbreak of
World War 1 provided the ideal opportunity for all New
Zealanders to acknowledge and remember those who had served,
and died, for their country in war and conflict.
Dozens of wreaths were laid on the Cenotaph before three
volleys from the 2/4 Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry
Regiment firing party prompted bugler Ralph Miller to play
the Last Post and Revellie.
The crowd was dismissed shortly before 7.30am, and all were
invited to view the Roll of Honour at the Toitu Otago
Settlers Museum, where free tea, coffee and Anzac biscuits
Other Anzac services will follow in Dunedin and the rest of
Otago through the day.