Waiuku 100th WW1 Anniversary
Events leading up to ANZAC

“A Soldier’s Story” at the Waiuku War Memorial Town Hall

Just 10 days til opening night for this great show!
Only 4 performances with tickets still available so get your tickets now to avoid disappointment!

Show Dates:
Saturday April 18th dinner show (sold out), Sunday April 19th 1pm matinee, Wednesday April 22nd 8pm, Thursday April 23rd 8pm, Friday April 24th 8pm.
Low price tickets (only $8 for the matinee and $12 for the evening non-dinner shows), with profits going towards local 100th Anniversary Projects.
Buy your tickets from Sunset Surf and Turf, 27 Queen Street, Waiuku, or phone 2359588 for more ticket purchase information.

Waiuku Theatre Group in association with Franklin Community Trust, Rotary, the RSA and the Lions Club, proudly presents “A Soldier’s Story”, a WW1 variety style show to commemorate the Anniversary of the ANZAC’s landing in Turkey.”A Soldier’s Story” is a tale told to the present day ancestors of a young man who served in WW1. It is a portrayal of life before the Great War, and the lives and loves of George King and his close friends, Alfred and Frank. The show follows their journey into basic training and the horrors of war, while reflecting the impact on the families left behind to carry on with life at home. Waiuku Theatre Group is pleased to present a performance they hope will not only entertain, but will make you laugh, cry, and above all, remember and honour those who served and sacrificed for their country.

Sat 25th ANZAC Parade 10am

The Waiuku ANZAC parade will take place, assembling at the Waiuku War Memorial Town Hall and marching to the cenotaph, followed by a Community Service in the Hall.

Sun 26th WW1 Re-enactment

A moving re-enactment of the August 1914 event when the first 5 men lined up on horseback in front of the Kentish Hotel to embark on WW1 service, riding off to join the Auckland Mounted Rifles for training camp. This will take place mid-afternoon, time to be confirmed.

Mon 27th ANZAC Holiday

Waiuku Military History Day 10am – 2pm


For another opportunity to see the Historical World War Re-enactment Society in action, they will be attending the Waiuku Steel ‘n’ Wheels Festival on Sunday 10th May.

Waiuku Museum

The museum will be open all week from Monday 20th April until Anzac day with special displays of local families with history & photos tracked back to WW1. Any enquiries please call the museum on 09 235 8698. 13 King St, Waiuku

ANZAC Town Flags

Osborne Realty has kindly sponsored special ANZAC commemorative town flags for the Waiuku town centre.

Art & Essay competition

An art and essay competition for school aged children around the ANZAC & Poppy theme has been put out to the schools.

Winners will be judged on Tuesday 14th April at 4pm.

ART Competition:
Three age categories & themes
Ages 1-4 yrs – Create a ‘poppy’
5-8 yrs – 100 years Anzac theme
9-13 yrs – Homage to Anzacs theme

ESSAY Competition:
Two age categories with same theme
7-8 yrs and 9-13 yrs
Theme- Spirit of Anzacs and it’s impact today.
Maximum 300 words

All entries go to the Information Centre at 2 Queen St Waiuku. If the centre is unattended, they can be put in the centre’s mail slot by the notice board at Queen St side of building.

We look forward to hearing about how our young people view ANZAC Day and what it means to them.

Window Dressing Competition

The Waiuku Business & Development Association are holding a window dressing competition leading up to ANZAC week. This will be judged on Friday 17th April in the afternoon.