ANZAC 2021

A national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts and peace keeping operations.

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ANZAC DAY SCHEDULE – SUNDAY 25 APRIL 2021

5.40am

Auckland Dawn Service

For the 15th year, Māori Television presents live coverage of the dawn parade and service at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

7.00am

Lest We Forget

On 4 November 1918, the New Zealand Division captured the French town of Le Quesnoy which had been in German hands since 1914. ®

7.30am

The Liberation of Le Quesnoy

Jude Dobson retells the story of how New Zealand soldiers liberated Le Quesnoy without a single civilian casualty at the end of World War I. ®

8.30am

Grandfather’s Footsteps

New Zealand director David Blythe follows in the footsteps of his grandfather – a decorated World War I soldier. ®

9.00am

Paradise Soldiers

PREMIERE: The untold stories of Cook Islanders who have fought largely unrecognised alongside New Zealand soldiers since World War 1.

10.00am

Children of Gallipoli

PREMIERE: Descendants of soldiers who fought at Gallipoli – two Turks and two New Zealanders – meet face-to-face at the scene of the battle.

11.00am

Pixie

The remarkable story of two unknown Māori artists and ‘Blue Smoke’ – the first ever song composed, recorded and released in New Zealand. ®

12.00pm

Churchill

Historical war-drama portrays British PM Winston Churchill in the hours leading up to the World War II invasion of Normandy. Stars Brian Cox. ®

1.50pm

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

More than 1,500 of the world's finest pipers, drummers, dancers, military musicians and performers star in this renowned Scottish spectacular. ®

3.30pm

Lest We Forget

On 4 November 1918, the New Zealand Division captured the French town of Le Quesnoy which had been in German hands since 1914. ®

4.00pm

Whītiki!

The stories of three Māori Pioneers who fought in World War 1 through the eyes of their descendants. ®

5.00pm

Tama Tū

Māori troops in World War II Europe silently entertain themselves in a destroyed house while waiting to enter the looming battle. ®

5.30pm

Te Rongo Toa

PREMIERE: Māori Television’s ANZAC Day music special showcasing songs of war presented by Francis Tipene of The Casketeers’ fame.

6.30pm

Te Ao Mārama

Māori Television's flagship news bulletin. (Māori with English language subtitles)

7.00pm

Great War Stories

A series of six short documentaries chronicling Kiwi experiences in World War 1. ®

7.30pm

25 April

PREMIERE: Diaries, letters and memoirs of six New Zealanders who witnessed the tragic 1915 Gallipoli campaign are brought to life using animation.

9,.00pm

Their Finest

A former secretary hired as a propaganda scriptwriter joins the cast and crew of a major production while the Blitz rages around them. ®

11.00pm

Te Rongo Toa

Māori Television’s ANZAC Day music special showcasing songs of war presented by Francis Tipene of The Casketeers fame. ®

12.00am WHAKAMUTUNGA Closedown