After two years of disruptions and cancellations, Anzac Day services resumed in the Mahurangi and Kaipara districts on April 25.
Poppies and medals were proudly worn, flags flown and wreaths laid at Puhoi, Warkworth, Matakana, Leigh, Kawau Island, Wellsford, Mangawhai, Hakaru, Paparoa, Maungaturoto and Waipu. At many services, reference was made to current conflicts, particularly the war in the Ukraine.
Changing to the Orange Covid setting just five days earlier meant there was a noticeable lack of service personnel at the services. However, the Air Force did provide a fly-by of the district on the day.
Warkworth RSA president Bob Harrison says there were good crowds at both the Dawn Service and the later Civic Service.
“People were rapt to be able to gather again to commemorate Anzac Day,” Harrison said. “It was so good to see our veterans at the services, although there were some absences as some of our older members chose to stay at home for their own safety. And that was fair enough too.”