Members of the public are invited to attend a Dawn Service on Wednesday 25 April 2018 to honour the servicemen and women from Tonga, Australia and New Zealand who have served and sacrificed in war, global conflict and peacekeeping operations around the world.

Every year since 1916 ANZAC day has been commemorated on 25 April to mark the anniversary of the ANZAC’s landing at Gallipoli in 1915.

While ANZAC stands for Australia New Zealand Army Corps, we also remember the 460 Pacific Islanders who served overseas with the New Zealand forces during the First World War (1914-1918).

Ninety-one soldiers and three reserves were Tongan and many of them served in the New Zealand Māori Battalion on the Western Front, which later became incorporated into the Pioneer Battalion.

We acknowledge the sacrifice of all those who have died in conflicts, and the contribution of all those who have served.

The New Zealand High Commission is honoured to host this year’s ANZAC Day Dawn Service. It will be held at the Cenotaph at Pangai Lahi, Nuku’alofa.

Guests are requested to be seated by 5.30am and the service will commence at 6.00am. Please come and share this time with us.

For further information

Tongans remember volunteers from the islands who served in First World War

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