29 Mar 2011

Governments urged to join forces for Anzac centenary

7:45 pm on 29 March 2011

The Returned and Services Association is calling on the New Zealand and Australian governments to work more closely in planning for the 100th anniversary of Anzac Day.

The commemoration is set down for 25 April 2015.

In Australia, the Federal Government has set up a commission which recommends travelling exhibitions and a special service at Gallipoli.

It also wants a major refurbishment programme to fix and restore crumbling memorials.

The chair of the New Zealand commemorations committee, Pat Duggan, says given the recent response from both countries during natural disasters in Queensland and Christchurch, a closer Trans-Tasman approach to organising the anniversary would make sense.

Mr Duggan says Returned and Services Leagues in Australia have offered to adopt leagues in Christchurch since the devastating earthquake on 22 February, which shows how close the Anzac bond is.