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Prime Minister John Key doesn't agree with suggestions that New Zealanders should stay away from Gallipoli on Anzac Day.
"I think it's a very important and moving time for a lot of New Zealanders and I would hate to see them stay away," Mr Key said at his post-cabinet press conference today.
"I see Gallipoli as a hugely significant part of our history and thousands of New Zealanders make a pilgrimage every year to pay their respects to those who fought for freedom and democracy."
RSA president Robin Klitscher and the Lonely Planet travel guide have both suggested it would be better to visit the peninsula at other times of the year, or not at all.
Mr Klitscher said at the weekend it should be remembered Gallipoli was a place of remembrance for Turkey as well, and those who went there should show restraint.
He also said the military campaign lasted for more than eight months, from April 25, 1915, to January 9, 1916.
"I've heard it said that New Zealanders and others have the right to be there on Anzac Day because that's the day the memory is most deeply felt, and that could be true," Mr Klitscher said.
"But it doesn't mean that you can't soak in that aspect on other days, in fact it's almost palpable on any day."
Mr Key said he understood the point Mr Klitscher was making.
"I think it is important that New Zealanders who visit Gallipoli are environmentally-friendly and careful that they make every effort we can to ensure there is no damage," he said."
Mr Key said he intended going to Gallipoli next year.
This year, the Government would be represented by Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand and senior cabinet minister Judith Collins.