Thousands gathered across the Bay of Plenty today to remember the brave Kiwis who served and died overseas.
This included 400 to 500 people who gathered for a poignant Anzac Day remembrance service which began at 5.45am at the Tauranga RSA cenotaph as the pink dawn peeked out from the darkness.
Today marked 107 years since The Gallipoli landings took place on April 25, 1915.
Thousands of young men stormed the beaches on the Gallipoli Peninsula, in what is now Turkey, where they fought for eight months.
By the end of the campaign, more than 130,000 men had died, among them 2779 New Zealanders - today's remembrance services are also dedicated to those who served and fought and died in all conflicts.
The 2022 Tauranga RSA remembrance service began with a parade of former servicemen and women who marched to the cenotaph led by Parade Commander Major Eli Crawshaw.
As the roll of drums started the spotlight came on followed by the hymn Lest We Forget performed by the Tauranga Silver City Brass Band.
MC Morton Anderson introduced Reverend John Hebenton whose benediction included prayers of remembrance for all those who died and those left scarred by war.
"We remember all Australians and New Zealanders who fought in the Navy, Army and the Airforce and we remember those of other nations and faiths who fought beside them.
"We remember all those who fought for a better world with the Anzacs and we remember all those who fought against them in their own countries ...Have mercy on all those who still live in the shadow of war.
"Bring us all to the day when nation no longer makes war against nation," he said.
A member of the Tauranga City Brass played the Last Post and the Reveille.
This was followed by the Anzac Day Dedication by Tauranga RSA president Fred Milligan who then laid a wreath at the base of the cenotaph along with others including Tauranga Labour List MP Jan Tinetti.
Milligan said he was "amazed and pleased" by the turnout given the number of services across the city, and this was a tangible demonstration of people "standing up for peace".
Guest speakers included Tauranga Girls' College head girl Ella Ryan and one of the school deputy head girls Ella Mitchell, who wore her great grandfather Brian McOnie's medals.
Mitchell said her great-grandfather was a serviceman in the navy during World War II and survived two sinkings onboard the HMS Hecla after it set off for Algiers in North Africa.
"Unfortunately it never reached its destination, as the ship was struck by four torpedoes and a German u-boat on November 12, 1942, killing 279 of the 847 crew."
Both she and Ryan said they felt "very humbled" to be asked to speak at the service to honour the sacrifices of all Anzacs made all those years ago.
"We also extend our immense gratitude to all New Zealand servicemen and women who fought and continue to fight for our freedom," Mitchell said.
"To all Kiwi servicemen and women, past and present, we extend our gratitude and appreciation for your selfless commitment to our nation and our people.
"We thank you and we honour you, not only today but every day for your courage and sacrifice. Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou- we will remember them."
Tauranga Boys' College student Hamish Graham also a drummer with the Bay of Plenty Pipes and Drums band read a poem he wrote titled Men of War.
In an exerpt he said: "When I think about the Anzacs of 1915, I think of how brave they all must have been, These young men like me ... who believed that this war would end all wars.
"And it pains me to say, it was all fought in vain. As the killing and fighting was all done again. For even today long after the war, young people are fighting. Still more and more.
"As I'm stood here today, not on poppied plains, I realise the world is forgetting again.
From the great war right up till today.
"With the spirits of the Anzacs for peace, we pray. Lest we forget."
Milligan said he was "amazed and pleased" by the turnout and it was great to have the service in person again and it was a tangible display of people "standing up for peace".
Remembrance services also took place at Pyes Pā, Memorial Park, Whareroa Marae, Katikati, Mount Maunganui, Pāpāmoa, Waihī Beach, Te Puke and Ōmokoroa.
In Rotorua Sir Robert Gillies, the last surviving member of the 28th Māori Battalion did the Anzac dedication at the dawn service. He described the atmosphere as "very remembering".
"You always think about your mates ... some of my good mates are not here with us today.
"Then I thought about the world, and I think the world's worse now than when they came home."
That was because peace was "missing" and people were still being killed, he said.
"War won't cure anything.
"We should try and make a better world through their sacrifice.
"This morning, they really remembered them. And it was good to see a lot of young people there."
In Whakatāne, a dawn service was held at Wairaka Marae.
Guest speaker Te Kani Kingi, who is also an advisor to New Zealand's Veterans' Health committee, said the service was "very respectful and sombre".
There were "a lot of people, young and old" and it was "fantastic to see good numbers," he said.
He said the service was an opportunity for people to take the time to "acknowledge" the significance of Anzac Day and for veterans to "come together and to reflect".
In his speech, he spoke about veterans' health and well-being, particularly mental health.
"Mental health is a major issue for our community ... but there are particular stresses and strains that veterans are likely to have experienced due to their time in the defence force, which can have a particularly negative impact on their mental health and wellbeing."
Kingi said the service was conducted with dignity and respect, but also "where appropriate, with a good sense of humour".