Bad weather didn't stop hundreds from attending the national Anzac Day commemorative service in central Wellington. Some perched in trees to watch the ceremony at the National War Memorial and hear tributes paid to fallen soldiers as dignitaries, ambassadors and officials sheltered under their programmes from pounding rain and gusty winds. Governor-General Lieutenant General Sir Jerry Mateparae, Prime Minister John Key, Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway were among those to attend. They, along with foreign dignitaries and officials laid wreaths at the memorial. Sir Jerry said New Zealanders had served beside Australian allies for 98 years.