The 1st ANZAC service in the World was at Tinui - NZ

The tiny Wairarapa township of Tinui, is thought to be the scene of New Zealand's first Anzac Day service. On April 25, 1916, a year after Australian and New Zealand troops landed at Gallipoli in a vain effort to knock Turkey out of World War I quickly, Tinui held a commemoration service. The area is dominated by a large hill, Tinui Taipos, behind the village and local vicar Basil Ashcroft led an expedition to place a wooden cross upon it to honour the dead.

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