Every day at 5pm, a Last Post ceremony is conducted on the forecourt of the National War Memorial in Wellington. The service, which lasts approximately 7 minutes, includes the lowering of the two New Zealand flags at the Memorial, the playing of the Last Post, the observation of one minute’s silence and the recitation of the Ode of Remembrance in both te reo Māori and English.
Before the Last Post ceremony each Sunday, at around 4.50 pm, the story of a New Zealander who died as a result of the First World War is read aloud outside of the Hall of Memories. Each week’s story is displayed during the week inside the Hall of Memories and can also be read online at http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/keyword/last-post-stories.
Al are welcome to attend this daily act of remembrance, and members of the public are welcome to lay floral tributes at the end of the ceremony.
The daily Last Post ceremonies are part of the First World War centenary programme and conducted by the New Zealand Defence Force, in partnership with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.