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The Great Anzac Day Brunch
Up and Ata Kai!
The Great Anzac Day Brunch is a chance for the community to come together to share great food, stories and togetherness on a very special day.
The central idea is an RSA hosted brunch on Anzac Day in every city/town/suburb across New Zealand so Kiwi’s in every community can come together to celebrate all we have. Service groups, businesses, schools and sports clubs – bring out the trestle tables, fire up the barbie, this is a day for community and we invite you to get together with your local RSA, shoulder tap your local celebrity chef, and invite your community to join the celebration.
To launch this great initiative, the RSA held the inaugural Great Anzac Day Brunch right after the dawn service in Cranmer Square Christchurch on Anzac Day 2012, specifically to salute Canterbury service groups who served their community so generously following the Christchurch earthquakes.
Representatives from Police, Fire, St Johns, Army, Air Force, Navy, Sea Cadets, City of Christchurch Cadets, Kiwanis, Red Cross, Scouting, Guides, Girls and Boys Brigade, ATC, and representatives of the 2012 Anzac of the Year, the Student Volunteer Army, were joined by the Governor-General of New Zealand, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, Mayor of Christchurch Bob Parker, local dignitaries, and Canterbury veterans representing 28th Maori Battalion, WWII, Korea, Malaya, Vietnam and Present Peace Keeping forces. We started the morning with a hot toddy, then Guest Chefs Peter Peeti and NZ Army's Simon Cheeseman feed the troops with help from local Canterbury caterers, Continental.
Next year, and for years to come, we’re inviting you to get involved in your own local "Great Anzac Day Brunch". Whether you are on your local RSA committee, a member of another community group, or perhaps just wondering what to do after a dawn service - we want the "Great Anzac Day Brunch" to be your chance to celebrate the Anzac Spirit with your community.