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Sat 8 Aug 2015, 4:00pm

Where: Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Buckle St, Mt Cook, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

The national ceremony to mark the centenary of the battle for Chunuk Bair during the 1915 Gallipoli Campaign will take place at 4pm, Saturday 8 August at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington.

The Battle for Chunuk Bair was New Zealand’s most significant action in the Gallipoli Campaign. The battle, which took place from 6-10 August 1915, was part of the August Offensive, in which the Allies attempted to seize the Sari Bair heights from Turkish forces. The Wellington Battalion captured Chunuk Bair early on 8 August, but they, and other New Zealand units, suffered extensive losses defending it. Chunuk Bair was lost two days later to the Ottoman forces after a series of counterattacks.

The national ceremony on Pukeahu National War Memorial Park is led by the New Zealand government to recognise this commemoration in the WW100 programme. There will be readings, choral interludes, wreaths will be laid at Tomb of the Unknown Warrior honouring the fallen from New Zealand battalions, and the ceremony will be concluded with a playing of the Last Post.

- Arrangements for adverse weather conditions
Plan A: possibility of rain and strong winds
The commemoration will be shortened and include essential components of the service only.
Plan B: heavy rain and/or strong winds
The commemoration will be moved indoors to the Hall of Memories. NB: In the Hall of Memories there will be only limited seating available (maximum 120 persons).

- Parking
There is extremely limited public parking available at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. Please consider carefully whether you can use other modes of transport. Alternatively, please schedule your arrival to allow for you to find a park in the vicinity of the Park.

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