Improvements to Whangārei's Laurie Hall Park have been completed in time for the region's biggest dawn service.

Whangārei District Council said new lighting, footpaths, stairs, lawns, planting and a new tiled entry off Bank St will be ready for people attending this year's Anzac Day ceremony at the park.

The work started in January this year, and was carried out by a number of contractors.

The council said the work has brought the top half of Laurie Hall Park up to the standard of the new cenotaph which was completed in time for the World War I centenary commemorations in 2014.


Parts of Bank St, Rust Ave, Cameron St, Rathbone St, Robert St and the Laurie Hall Car park service lanes will be closed from 4am to 8am tomorrow for the dawn parade.

About 7000 people are expected at the central Whangārei service, one of many planned around the region.

Northland Anzac Day services

Whangārei area:
■ Glenbervie, 10am, Pehiaweri Marae
■ Hikurangi, 10.30am, Hikurangi School
■ Hukerenui, 9am, Monument Rd Tapuhi
■ Kamo, 10am, Kamo Memorial Hall
■ Maungakaramea, 11am, Maungakaramea Sports Club
■ Maungatapere, 9am, Maungatapere Community Hall
■ Ngunguru, 6.15am, Ngunguru Sports Complex
■ Takahiwai, 10am, Takahiwai Marae
■ Waipu, 11am, at the monument, The Centre
■ Whananaki, 10.30am, Whananaki School
■ Whangārei, 5.40am parade fall in, Whangārei RSA; 6am dawn service, Laurie Hall Park; 10am, Maunu Lawn Cemetery
■ Whangārei Heads, 2pm, Mt Manaia Club

Far North:
■ Broadwood, 10.30am, A&P Hall.
■ Herekino, 10.30am, Herekino Memorial Hall.
■ Houhora, 11am, Houhora Cemetery, Cemetery Rd.
■ Kaikohe, 5.45am march from Kaikohe RSA, 6.15am service at Kaikohe Memorial Hall.
■ Kaitaia, 5.45am, Kaitaia RSA; 11am civic service, Te Ahu Centre.
■ Kawakawa, 5.45am, cenotaph, Johnson Park; 8.45am civic parade from the museum, Wynyard St.
■ Kerikeri, 5.45am, Kerikeri RSA, Cobham Rd; Civic service 10.30am, Kerikeri Domain; Seasprite flyover 11am.
■ Mangonui, 11am, cenotaph, Waterfront Drive.
■ Motatau, 10am, Takapuna Cemetery
■ Ōkaihau, 11am, Okaihau College, Settlers Way.
■ Ōpononi, 11am, South Hokianga Memorial Hall.
■ Paihia, 5.30am, Ex-Servicemens' Club, Joyces Rd; 6.20am march to Canterbury propeller memorial for 6.40am service; 7am service at Paihia Cemetery, Seaview Rd.
■ Rawene, 9am, Rawene Cemetery.
■ Russell, 6am, Russell Cenotaph; 9.30am, Service at Long Beach Rd Cemetery; 11am, service at Russell Cenotaph.
■ Te Hapua, 11am, Te Reo Mihi Marae.
■ Te Kao, 11am, Pōtahi Marae.
■ Waimā, 8am, Waimā War Memorial.
■ Waiotemarama, 2pm, Waiotemarama Complex.
■ Whangaroa, 5am, Te Ngaere Marae; 9.45am, march from to RSA to Memorial Hall, Leigh St, Kaeo.
■ Whatuwhiwhi, 11am, Karikari Community Hall.
■ Whirinaki, 6am, Whirinaki Cenotaph.

■ Dargaville, 5.45am dawn parade assemble, Dargaville RSA Cemetery
■ Hakaru, 10am assemble, 10.25am march, Hakaru RSA
■ Matakohe, 10.30am, Matakohe War Memorial Hall
■ Maungaturoto, 5.45am dawn parade assemble, Maungaturoto RSA Cemetery
■ Ruawai, 10.30am, Ruawai RSA