Tauranga will commemorate Armistice Day at 11am on 11 November at Tauranga’s Memorial Park, with two minutes silence, large-scale poppies painted by children from all over Tauranga and the Western Bay, and 109 white crosses united for our people to honour the fallen.
The city’s official Armistice Day service will begin with a March on at 10.45am, led by the Tauranga Pipe Band. Following two minutes silence, karakia and the mayor’s welcome, a reverend will take the community through prayers and scripture readings. There will be an address from a military guest speaker, followed by the Roll of Honour where local students will lay poppies on the corresponding 109 white crosses.
Groups wishing to march in the parade please assemble by 10.15am next to the Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre.
If your organisation or group wants to lay a wreath during the service please email Kate Percy at email@example.com
Wreath registration closes at 5pm on Thursday, 8 November.
Wreaths laid during the service will be removed from the cenotaph at dusk on Armistice Day. The wreaths can be collected from the Tauranga RSA at 1237 Cameron Road, Greerton, until noon Tuesday, 13 November 2018. Wreaths not collected by noon on Tuesday, 13 November 2018 will be disposed of.
Park and ride / parking
The free park and ride service is proudly supported by Bay of Plenty Regional Council.
A free park and ride service will be available from Tauranga Boys’ College to Memorial Park at 9.30am, from Mount RSA at 10am and Tauranga RSA at 10.15am with buses returning immediately after the service.
Car parking will be available at the Tauranga Boys’ College car park off Devonport Road (between Thirteenth and Fourteenth Avenues). Buses will drop off at the Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre car park, this is also the pick-up point after the civic memorial service. All park and ride buses are accessible for people with limited mobility.
There is no additional car parking at Memorial Park. Car parking for mobility card holders ONLY will be available outside the Queen Elizabeth Youth Centre.
The service will go ahead rain or shine.
From 9am to 2pm on Sunday, 11 November 2018:
- Fraser Street – between Eleventh and Thirteenth Avenues
- Eleventh Avenue – between Fraser Street and Devonport Road (including the roundabout) *Mobility card holders will be moved through the road closures.
Armistice Day Centenary Service map (118kb pdf)