The Anzac Connection
The History of Anzac in Tinui
Tinui was the first place in the world to have a formal celebration of Anzac Day. In 1914 there were over a thousand single men in the area, many volunteered for the Services and some lost their lives. In 1916 Rev. Basil Ashcroft held an Anzac ceremony at Tinui and erected a cross. While the original cross has been replaced a more modern cross is located in the same position on the hill overlooking the village.
The popularity of Anzac Day at Tinui has been growing with 450 attending the ceremony in 2009 and 2000 in 2015. Considering there are less than 25 permanent residents in Tinui that's an impressive turnout.
The Tinui Parish Anzac Trust was established with the assistance of Mr Brian Cunningham in August 2010 and is now registered as a charitable trust.
Walk to the Memorial Cross
We encourage visits to the Anzac Cross which is accessible through the Tinui Anzac Walkway. See our For Visitors page for further information.
Anzac Day 2018 - what a cracker!
ANZAC Day 2018 was a cracker at Tinui. Over 1,100 people turned up to experience the unique celebration of the world’s first ANZAC Day service.
The speaker, Lt Col Hamish Gibbons, Officer Commanding Queen Alexandra’s Mounted Rifles, spoke of the history of ANZAC at Tinui and how the community had stepped up to ensure the long traditions continued. He also briefed the crowd about the current NZ Army commitments overseas.
Local farmer, the Rev Steve Thomson, gave his traditional ANZAC Day service which is quite unique. Steve is a respected member of the local community from both church goers and others alike. His service is quite different and special.
Organist Caryl Forrest and vocalist Emily Wellbrock were both superb.
As usual the Tinui Women’s Institute provided a sumptuous feast for those attending the service after which several hundred climbed the track to the cross.
Each year the number of visitors from outside the district grows. This year we had people from Christchurch, Wellington, Napier, New Plymouth, Hamilton and Auckland that we were aware of. Internationally there were those from South Australia, Tasmania, the USA, Canada and the United Kingdom. All are made very welcome. It’s great to have them experiencing ANZAC at Tinui.
Remember, if you can’t get to Gallipoli for ANZAC Day you’re welcome at Tinui.
Get the Centenial Book
Available from Hedley's bookshop in Masterton for just $30. All proceeds to the Tinui Anzac Trust for the continued preservation and maintenance of the Tinui-Anzac Walkway.