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Armistice Centenary Commemorations


Sun 11 Nov 2018, 10:30am–3:00pm

Where: Government Gardens, Queens Drive, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Rotorua Events

To mark the centenary of Armistice Day, Rotorua Lakes Council are holding a commemoration service and a special day of family activities in Government Gardens.

One hundred years ago, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the First World War finally came to an end with the signing of an Armistice between the Allied Powers and Germany.

On the morning of 12 November, when news of the Armistice was announced in New Zealand, people celebrated enthusiastically in cities and towns across the country: bells rang, sirens sounded and children banged on kerosene tin drums.

Communities came together, speeches were made and songs sung. More organised celebrations followed later in the day. Bunting went up and torchlight processions, fireworks and bonfires lit up the night in many centres.

10.30am: Service begins at Cenotaph with the City of Rotorua Highland Pipe Band
The officiating Minister will be Reverend Tom Poata, with Her Worship the Mayor Steve Chadwick giving the Armistice address

11am: Ken Douglas will play the Last Post on his bugle before the two minute silence is observed

11.05am: Ode to the Fallen will be read out by Mr Bryce Morrison and a representative of the Te Arawa Returned Services League

11.15am: Public are invited to lay wreaths and music will be performed by Evelyn Falconer and the Western Heights High School Choir

12pm – 3pm: Bring a picnic, enjoy the food trucks or have afternoon tea at the Blue Baths. Also available: kids crafts, donkey rides, musical performances, WW1 books and old school games.

12pm: Rotorua Highland Pipe Band parade

12.10pm: Multicultural Rotorua costume parade

12.10pm: Racco drums

12.30pm: Rotorua Brass Band

1pm: Finely Tuned perform war time favourites

1pm: Rotorua Library presents A Rotorua History of Armistice

1.30pm: Interactive show with the Travelling Tuataras

1.30pm: Live music with Back Porch

2.30pm: Interactive show with the Travelling Tuataras

Ka maumahara tonu tātau ki a rātau. We will remember them.

The Rotorua District Field of Remembrance will be installed at the Cenotaph in Government Gardens from 7 November until 18 November 2018. Each of the named crosses in this Field of Remembrance represents a soldier from the Rotorua District, who lost their life whilst serving during World War One, 1914 - 1918.

Please note that Queen’s Drive (from Prince’s Gate Arch to Te Arawa Memorial roundabout) is pedestrian access only between 7am – 12pm on Sunday 11 November.

Parking is available at the Rotorua Energy Events Centre. You will need to access this car park from Hatupatu Drive, not Queen’s Drive.

Appreciation and thanks for the support of the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust.

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