6 April 2020
Ministerial and Secretariat Services
Cnr Bowen St & Lambton Quay
PO Box 805, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
Phone +64 4 495 7200
Fax +64 4 470 2942
Dear Blaize McCabe
Official Information Act request (OIA19/20 - 0670)
I refer to your Official Information Act request of 9 March 2020 requesting the following:
Please provide information about the cost of ANZAC services in New Zealand since
2000. Please also provide information about the cost of ANZAC services outside of New
Zealand if held.
Response to your request
The Department of Internal Affairs’ (the Department) Visits and Ceremonial Office (VCO) is
responsible for organising some Anzac Day commemoration events in New Zealand, including
the Anzac Day Dawn Service, the ANZAC Day National Commemoration at Pukeahu National
Memorial Park, and the Atatürk Memorial Wreathlaying ceremony all held in Wellington.
Events in other cities are run by local Councils.
The Ministry of Culture and Heritage (MCH) and the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) are
responsible for ANZAC commemorations held in overseas locations. I understand that your
request was also sent to both those agencies and so they wil respond to the part of your
under the Official Information Act 1982
request about the costs of ANZAC services held outside New Zealand.
Prior to 2015, the Anzac event at the Cenotaph was run and funded primarily by Wel ington
City Council (WCC). Since Pukeahu opened, the service has been held there and organised by
the Department. The Department also changed its financial system in 2015. For the years since
then, we have provided the final costs of the ANZAC day event in the table on the fol owing
In order to answer your request for costs incurred by the Department for Anzac services in
years prior to 2015, we have searched through previous responses to Official Information Act
requests for any similar requests from those years. We have also located some costs
information in the old financial system. In most cases these costs are indicative budgeted costs
only, not the final costs of the event incurred by the Department. These costs do not include
costs incurred by WCC.