ANZAC Activities 2017

The Palmerston North City Council’s Libraries and Community Services unit are hosting a range of activities for all ages throughout April to commemorate ANZAC Day.

PNL&CS 'Blanquilt' Poppies

Community ANZAC Wall-hanging ‘Blanquilt’ Sewing Bees

PNCC staff have transformed a grey blanket with hand-stitched edging, applique letter and quilting into a wall-hanging to enable hundreds of hand-knitted woollen poppies to be attached.  The poppies were created by the community over the last two years and this project will preserve their craftsmanship for many years.

The community is encouraged to help hand sew these poppies onto the wall-hanging at our four sewing bees.

Tues   4 April        1pm – 3pm
Wed   5 April        10am – 12noon
Thu    6 April        10am – 12noon
Sun    9 April        10am – 12noon

All sessions - Mezzanine Floor, Central Library

Jumping Jellybeans Super ANZAC Poppy Rock Finale

Pre-schoolers and guardians – come and join our last Jumping Jellybeans for the term and paint your own poppy rock to take away and hide.  Maybe you could hide it on one of Palmerston North’s Poppy Places streets?  (Those streets have special poppies on their signs.) There will also be stories, songs and lots of fun!
Wed  12 April   10am – 11am - Events Central, Central Library

The Waikato Land Wars - Orakau and Rangariri

Presenter: Col. (Ret) Bryan Wells.  
Rangiriri and Orakau were two significant engagements during the New Zealand Land Wars. Rangiriri was the first time Maori departed from a box-like pa formation and Orakau because women took part in the fighting. This presentation has been is included in the 2017 Anzac Programme as the New Zealand Wars are being nationally commemorated for the first time in 2017.
Entry  $3 donation to the RNZE Charitable Trust
Thu  13 April        12 noon - 1.15pm - Second  Floor, Central Library

Family trip to the Engineer Corps Memorial Centre Museum

Transport and escort provided by the Central Library.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Limited spaces available, so book early at the second Floor, Central Library

Gold coin donation payable on the day, to the Museum.

Thursday 20 April  1.30 – 4pm - Linton Military Camp

Youth Space events:


Sat 22 April
12 noon   Youth Space – Coleman Mall

ANZAC Biscuit Baking
Mon 24 April
2pm     Youth Space – Coleman Mall

WWI Workout
Mon 24 April
4.15pm    Youth Space – Coleman Mall

Tea and Tales

A special Tea and Tales featuring readings, poems and war stories.  Tea, coffee and ANZAC biscuits are provided.
Wed  26 April        10.30 - 11.30 am - Second Floor, Central Library

The Liberation of Paris 1944 

International speaker: Professor Michael Neiberg  
Michael Neiburg, Professor of History, Department of National Security and Strategy at the US Army War College, explores Paris’s dramatic and triumphant resistance against the Nazis.  In a bid to save their city,, ordinary Parisians took to the streets and through valiant fighting, shrewd diplomacy and the last-minute aid of the Allies,, saved the City of Lights.  

Refreshments available from 5.30pm / lecture 6pm.  Event sponsored by Alliance Francaise.
Sat  29 April        5.30 - 7pm - Event Central, Ground Floor, Central Library

Anzac Displays

ANZAC-themed artworks

Hanging from the Library’s first floor atrium space are a series of ANZAC quilts created by local textile artist and quilter, Erilyn McMillan. This series depicts various aspects of WWI in a contemplative manner and an information sheet is attached to each quilt. 

Mon 3 April - Sun 30 April - Central Library

Palmerston North North RSA memorabilia

Memorabilia from the Palmerston Norht Returned Services Association can be viewed through the former Public Trust office windows facing The Square, and also on the Second Floor of the Central Library.
Mon  3 April – Sun  30 April - Central Library

Coming up …

80 Years of the RNZAF

Presenter: Sqn Ldr (Rtd) Paul Harrison
Entry:  $3 donation to the RNZE Charitable Trust

Thursday 11 May
12 noon - 1.15 pm - Second Floor, Central Library

Chunuk Bair Commemorative Event

The capture of Chunuk Bair on 8 August 1915 was the high point of the action and success by New Zealand soldiers during the Gallipoli campaign.  Palmerston North will for the third time mark this significant event with a commemorative lecture. 
Look out for further details closer to the date.  

ORDERS OF SERVICE for anzac day and any other information will BEGIN to be available at the start OF APRIL 2017


For further information relating to the 2017 ANZAC Day services please contact::

Sandra Crosbie

PNCC Communications


Phone: 06 356 8199