11 Apr 2019

Queenstown's Anzac dawn service to go ahead but parade axed

12:40 pm on 11 April 2019

Security concerns have prompted Queenstown's Anzac Day dawn parade to be cancelled following the mosque shootings.


The dawn service for Queenstown will go ahead as planned. Photo: SUPPLIED / NZDF

The resort's dawn service will still go ahead as planned, but the parade from the Memorial Gates at Queenstown Bay to the Queenstown Memorial Centre has been called off.

Queenstown Returned and Services Association president Lyall McGregor said the dawn service would continue as planned but the traditional march through the town centre has been canned.

"It would have been very, very hard to secure all the ins and outs, the intersections et cetera ... with police stretching their resources, so that was the easiest thing to [do to] comply with their request."

Mr McGregor said the 10am civic service at the Queenstown Memorial Centre will also go ahead.

He said the cancellation was because of the heightened security threat following the mosque shootings.

It follows cancellations in Auckland, where two-thirds of the city's Anzac Day commemorations will not happen this year after police asked organisers to merge them to ensure they could provide adequate security at each one.

Instead of last year's 84 ceremonies, 26 events will go ahead in Auckland.

The decision to amalgamate some events with larger ones was made by RSA district presidents.

Armed police are likely to be present at some of the Auckland services and police told Christchurch's RSA that buses will be used to block vehicle access around the events.

RSA representatives from Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin RSAs say at this stage services will be running as usual.

See this link on Auckland Council's website for more information. Times and other details are to be finalised.

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