Dilworth Anzac Day Service

Date: 06 Apr 2023

As the last day of term dawned, Dilworth School came together in an inspiring Anzac Day Service to remember the sacrifices made by all New Zealanders across the First and Second World Wars, including Dilworth old boys and staff.

 It was a wonderful sight to see the whole school community gathered together around the Dilworth High Cross as the sun came up. The service began with the Senior Brass Band, conducted by Mr Rhys Kingaby, leading the New Zealand National Anthem. The Reverend Graham Black then led proceedings.

Head Prefect Harry Liu gave the first reading, followed by fellow prefect, Mukai Duder-Hura who gave the 2023 Anzac address. In his poignant speech, where he addressed the school and staff in te reo and English, Mukai talked of the sacrifice made by those who lost their lives serving their country, also paying special tribute to past Dilworth students and to his own whānau.

“Many of our Dilworth old boys and staff fought in the First and Second World Wars, and some did not return home… their sacrifice reminds us of the importance of remembering those who have fought for our freedoms and honouring their memory. New Zealand is a nation that had our character defined by many things, but one has been the sacrifice of others the huge role that war has played in shaping who we are.”

Wreaths to honour those who fell were placed under the Dilworth Cross by Head Prefect Harry Liu, Chairman of the Dilworth Old Boys’ Association Mr Gerry Smutz and Head of Mangatāwhiri Campus, Mr Jamie Pennell – New Zealand Army.



Sincere thanks to all of those who made this service special today: Tītīkōpuke (Dilworth Kapa Haka), Head Prefect, Harry Liu, Student Council Prefect, Mukai Duder-Hura, Mr Rhys Kingaby and the Dilworth Senior Brass Band. It was a fitting tribute to honour those who lost their lives serving their country and all of us.

 Kia maumahara tātou i a rātou, Lest We Forget.