Topic: ANZAC

A record number of people attended the Anzac service in Auckland

By Taroi Black
  • Auckland

A record breaking number of people attended the Anzac service at the Auckland War Memorial Museum this morning.  Auckland Council and the Auckland Museum said 34,000 people turned out for the service, it's the largest crowd they have ever had, usually the service draws no more than 15,000.

Dignitaries, ex-servicemen and families were part of the wreath laying ceremony for the 100th commemoration of World War 1

Pohoira Iopata of Ngāi Tūhoe attended the service to pay homage to her great- grandfather, Miki Iopata who fought in World War Two and her grandfather, Gilbert Iopata who fought in Malaya and Borneo. Iopata is currently studying at AUT and thought it was important for her to attend the service this morning so she never forgets what her tīpuna fought for.

For more on this story watch Te Kāea tonight at 5:30pm