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 2019
The Tinui ANZAC Trust is pleased to announce that Brigadier Hugh McAslan will be the speaker at this year’s ANZAC service. Brigadier McAslan has visited Tinui often and organised the annual cricket match between the Army and the Tinui All Stars. He is a highly distinguished soldier having served in Bosnia, Lebanon and Israel, East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq.
His recent posts have included commanding 1st (NZ) Brigade, Deputy Commanding General of the Coalition Joint Force in Iraq and Headquarters, New Zealand Defence Force. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Decoration for his service in Afghanistan. He also holds the Chief of Army’s Commendation. He holds a Masters of Military Art and Science, (Strategy) from the US Command and General Staff College and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. Brigadier McAslan is married with two children. His interests include family, fly fishing, Cricket and the outdoors.
The Tinui ANZAC Trust is pleased to have a soldier of Brigadier McAslan’s status speaking at Tinui. He is a decorated soldier with considerably military experience in some hostile environments. He has been a good friend of ANZAC at Tinui over many years. As Commander One Brigade he facilitated the attachment of East Coast Troop Queen Alexandra’s Mounted Rifles, (QAMR) to ANZAC at Tinui. That bond is still strong with soldiers from QAMR having worked extensively weatherproofing the track to the Cross. They will be at Tinui at ANZAC Day this year.
The ANZAC Day service starts at 10-30 and will be presided over by local vicar Steve Thomson. Everyone is welcome. This year the pipe and drum is provided by Masterton’s Zavier and Adam Boyle. They have been an integral part of the ANZAC Parade for many years now.
The bugler is Michael Chapman from Carterton. This is his second year. He is highly talented. The Tinui Women’s Institute is providing its usual sumptuous morning tea in the hall. It is a spectacular array of good country food. Those wishing to walk the track are most welcome to do so but remember to bring suitable footwear.
Additional information: Alan Emerson (06) 372 3500, 027 431 7770
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.