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The Ongaonga School prides itself on the quality of its educational programmes, the professionalism of its staff, the enthusiasm of its students and the high level of support provided by parents and community members. 


Our school is a vital part of the Ongaonga community and we firmly believe that we can “make a difference” by providing quality education for all of our students.


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“Kia maumahara tonu tatou ki a ratou”


Ongaonga ANZAC Day Commemoration March & Service


The community of Ongaonga and the Returned Services Association will be conducting its annual commemorative march and 99th ANZAC service on the 25th April 2014. Everyone is welcome to join in.


  • Location: Form up outside the Ongaonga Hall, Bridge Street, Ongaonga
  • Parade Marshal: The Parade Marshal is Station Officer Steve Anderson, NZFS
  • Assembly: Formed up, ready to move no later than 0845 hours
  • Parade: Parade march to Cenotaph at 0850 hours step off down Bridge Street to the Cenotaph
  • Main Service: 0900 in the Ongaonga Cenotaph grounds


Medals of Veterans and Service Personnel


Members of the public and children are encouraged to wear the military medals, campaign stars and service medals of their forefather on their right breast during the March and Service.


Photos & Mounted Medals of Deceased Veterans/Service Personal


Members of the public with a framed photo of their returned service forefather or framed military medals, campaign stars and service medals that include a photo of the recipient are encouraged to carry them during the march and place them on the step of the Cenotaph during the service.


Parade Information

Veterans, current and former service personnel, descendants accompanied by community leaders, and led by Piper Raywyn King and the New Zealand Light Armoured Vehicle (NZ LAV), will march from the Hall to the Ongaonga Cenotaph for a community service.


Order of March


The Ongaonga ANZAC Day Commemorative March is a march of commemoration, culminating in a service at the Ongaonga Cenotaph. The Order of March assisted by the Parade Marshal, will lead as follows:


  • Piper
  • LAV Military Service Unit
  • Returned & Service Personnel and RSA Representative
  • Ongaonga Fire Brigade, and other Emergency Service Personnel
  • Ruahine Cadets, Students of Ongaonga School and CHB College
  • Next of Kin Marchers, CHBDC Councillor and Members of Public


As parade participants arrive at the Cenotaph, they will be directed to disperse to either the left OR the right. Participants are requested to follow the Parade Marshal’s directions and to clear the Cenotaph forecourt immediately. When in position Units will be stood at ease by the Parade Marshal Station Officer Steve Anderson (NZFS).


The Ceremony

The Ongaonga ANZAC Day Commemorative Service commences after the march, at the Ongaonga Cenotaph. Mr Collin Heyward will officiate and be the Returned Services Association representative.

Councillor Sally Butler has been appointed by the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council to our Service. She will attend and be laying a tribute on behalf of the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council.


Morning Tea after the ANZAC Day Service


Everyone is welcome to join in. Everyone is also invited to join together for morning tea and check out the New Zealand Light Armoured Vehicle (NZ LAV) which will be on public display at the Ongaonga Fire Station, at conclusion of ANZAC Day Commemorative Service.




The Ongaonga ANZAC Day Committee thanks all volunteers for their invaluable assistance in the planning, organisation, and conduct of the ANZAC Day activities.


In particular, we acknowledge the help of the New Zealand Defence Force, Ruahine Cadet Unit, Ongaonga School, Ongaonga Fire Brigade, Brett & Jodie Nelson, the Returned Services Association and the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council.

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