Four regional Fields of Remembrance in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin will be established at ANZACDay each year until 2018.
The Trust has researched the names of men and women from each region who died on active service in 1915 and subsequent years. The crosses and name labels have been gifted to each council with the help of generous sponsors. Replica Flanders Field poppies, symbolising hope and re-growth have been sourced and supplied at cost to Councils.
The crosses represent the men and women who died in 1915 and were mourned in their regions.
The numbers will increase progressively each year and eventually the Trust will have constructed a complete set of 18,200 crosses to use in our ultimate commemoration on Armistice Day 2018.
Fields of Remembrance will be established in the nine Military Bases/Camps throughout New Zealand on Anzac Day.
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"Together we're honouring a century of the ANZAC spirit"
In 2015 the ANZ Bank unveiled a plaque to commemorate its own staff who were killed in World War I.
The plaque is inscribed:
Now children place upon this stone a garland,
and learn of us each Anzac Day at dawn.
We are New Zealand’s dead from distant conflict,
our sacrifice remembered ever more.
From the poem Spirit of Anzac by Mike Subritzky.
Cyril Bassett (1892-1983) the only New Zealander at Gallipoli to be awarded the Victoria Cross, spent his entire career with ANZ Group.
In 2016 ANZ Bank branches across the New Zealand have available for sale a limited edition lapel pin commemorating the Battle for Chunuk Bair. This is the first of four pins highlighting significant battles of World War One.
This is a joint venture with the Ministry of Education. In 2015 nearly 80,000 white crosses were supplied to 2,531 Primary and Secondary schools. Each school received a pack of 30 crosses, a selection of name labels and poppy and fern stickers to go on the crosses, instructions for setting up a field, and holding a commemoration ceremony. Posters, a booklet and a replica Flanders Field poppy was also be included.
In 2016 Early Childhood Centres were supplied with a pack of 3 small white crosses to commemorate the men and women who died serving New Zealand during WW1.
|Each cross will be named to include local soldiers, nurses, New Zealand Victoria Cross recipients, the youngest New Zealander who died (aged 17), and an All Black captain. One cross has the words “Known unto God” to represent the unknown soldier.
Students are encouraged to investigate the life and experiences of these young lives so they are no longer just anonymous names on a commemorative wall.
More information for schools may be found on the Ministry's website, including the lists of names for each region. Learn more.
Find out what schools are doing on the Schools Page
|In 2015 Canterbury of New Zealand and the Vodafone Warriors released their stunning commemorative jersey - Te Maumaharatanga is the name specially chosen for the ANZAC jersey, literally meaning ‘The Memorial’ specifically designed with our nation’s servicemen and women, fans, club and ANZAC heritage in mind. The jersey features a Field of Remembrance white cross and a donation from the sale of each jersey in both New Zealand and Australia went to the Fields of Remembrance Trust ($5 for a children’s jersey, $10 for adults), as a mark of respect for our past and current serving armed forces personnel.
Find out more here.