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Poppy Day

Friday, 21st April, 2023

The annual Poppy Day Appeal embodies the core values of the RSA — remembrance and support. For over 85 years, Poppy Day has been a yearly event usually held on the Friday before Anzac Day (25 April). It is the RSA’s most crucial fundraising appeal of the year, raising funds to help support returned servicemen, women, and their dependents in need.

On Poppy Day, RSA volunteers distribute hundreds of thousands of red poppies throughout New Zealand in exchange for generous donations from the public. The poppies are traditionally then worn on the left lapel for a few days, but especially on Anzac Day, to signify remembrance of the nation’s war dead and support for the valuable work of the RSA.

If you want to volunteer, please contact the office on 07 575 4477

Anzac Day

Tuesday, 25th April, 2023

Anzac Day is observed on 25 April each year to commemorate those who died in the service of their country and to honour returned servicemen and women, past and present. 25 April is the anniversary of the Landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli in 1915.

The Anzac Day Programme for 2023 is as follows:

Dawn Parade

5.45 a.m.
Assemble at Mount Drury
5.55 a.m.
March Off
6.00 a.m.
Service at the Cenotaph

Memorial Service

9.15 a.m.
Assemble at Mount Drury
9.25 a.m.
March Off
Service at the Cenotaph

Further Details

  • Descendants of Service Personnel are invited to attend the Dawn and Civic Parades and encouraged to wear their Parents or Grandparents Medals.
  • The Medals must be worn on the right- hand side.
  • The RSA Wreath will be the only Wreath laid at the Dawn Parade.
  • Members requiring transport please phone the RSA office 09 575-4477
  • Peter Moss – Club Support Manager

Park and Ride – Dawn Service

  • Buses will leave from Kawaka Street (next to the old Cossie Club) from 4.45am to the Cenotaph and return.