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.
Visit our Anzac History in Full page for the full story of Tinui Anzac and further details of the 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.


If you would like further information about the Anzac services or the Tinui Parish Anzac Trust please visit our Contacts page.

Anzac Day 2018

Preparations are well under way for Anzac Day 2018.  Our speaker, Lieutenant Colonel Hamish Gibbons, is the Commanding Officer of Queen Alexandra’s Mounted Rifles, (QAMR), with strong historical ties to the Tinui and Greater Wairarapa communities.
At the start of last century Tinui volunteers were part of the Wellington East Coast Mounted Rifles who fought with distinction at Gallipoli and the Sinai. That unit became the QAMR that Lt Col Gibbons commands.  Lt Col Gibbons has strong ties to the Tinui community.  In 2016 his soldiers and Army Engineers developed the Cross track to an all-weather asset. This involved soldiers personally carrying steps, shingle and culverts up the steep Tinui Taipo.  The track has since survived some extremely harsh weather and is in a pristine state.  In 2016 he also played Cricket against the Tinui All-Stars which the Army narrowly won.  There is to be a return Cricket Match at the Tinui Oval on April 20th.  Lt Col Gibbons is a 22 year Army veteran having served extensively throughout New Zealand and Australia.  He also completed operational tours in both Bosnia and Afghanistan and served as Deputy Chief of Operations at the Joint Task Force HQ in Kuwait.  In addition, he holds a BA from the Australian Defence Academy and a Master of Defence Studies from the Canadian Joint Command Staff Program.  Tinui is privileged to have a soldier of the calibre of Lt Col Gibbons to speak at Anzac Day.
The 10.30 am Anzac Day service will be presided over by local vicar Steve Thomson and will include a march past led by Pipes and Drum, Soldiers, Veterans, Scouts and supporters.   It will be followed by a scrumptious morning tea supplied and organised by the Tinui Women’s Institute.  The track will be open for anyone wishing to walk it.
Remember; if you can’t get to Gallipoli for Anzac Day you’ll be most welcome at Tinui.
For further information - Alan Emerson (06) 3723500, (0274) 317770 or dath-emerson@wizbiz.net.nz

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.