Live cover Anzac 2014

00:38, Apr 25 2014
Southern Anzav 2014
People gather in the rain as the Invercargill services starts at 7am.
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Whiskey to warm the heart before heading to the Bluff service.
Southern Anzac 2014
Winton man and ex-serviceman Nick Phillips arrives for the Winton Dawn Service.
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Standing guard in Invercargill.
Southern Anzac 2014
An early turn out for the Riverton service.
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Gore was the earliest service to start in the south, getting under way at 6.30am.
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Winton soldiers Reg Small and Len Gerard talk with piper Ann Robbie at the dawn service in Winton.
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Colours start to creep in as dawn makes way for day at the Invercargill service.
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Playing to remember our Anzacs in Invercargill.
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Youth are becoming an increasing presence at services in the south. These girls are at the Gore service.
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World War II vets Bill Slater and George Sargeant with their brolly holders in Bluff.
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Breakfast is served at the Riverton RSA.
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The parade is called to order by Commander Lyal Cocks at Hawea, Southern Lakes District.
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Poppies decorate memorials at the Hawea parade, Southern Lakes District.
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Standing to attention as the service begins in Balclutha.
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Wreaths laid in Balclutha this morning.
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southlandtimes.co.nz reader Vicki Coats sent in this pic of a rainy start to the service on Stewart Island.
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Charlie Sargeant is brought to tears today as he wears his brother's medals.
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Noeline Cleaver and Kevin O'Connor with their great uncle George Dryden's writing pad from the war.
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Heavy rain in Clyde has forced the service to shift to the town hall.
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Morning tea at Bluff.
Southern Anzac Service 2014
Riverton resident Andrew Kennedy at the Riverton RSA breakfast.
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Ruth French and Betty Hammond at Winton dawn service.
Southern Anzac services 2014
Duncan McGregor and Sean Withington,11, with an American Dodge military jeep. McGregor brought the jeep along with anti-aircraft spotlight to the Winton Anzac service.
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People make their way to the cenotaph at Clyde.
Southern Anzac services 2014
Arrowtown's Athenaeum Hall is packed, with standing room only inside as the crowd spills into Buckingham St as the Arrowtown service starts.
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Cromwell members of the Roxburgh Brass Band, Lynne Ellis, Gemma Ellis and Mike Childs.
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A time to remember at the Invercargill service.
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Returned servicemen and fire service personnel gather to lead a procession to Arrowtown's memorial gates.
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The parade reaches Arrowtown's memorial gates.
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Returned servicemen lay poppies at Arrowtown's memorial gates.
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Preparing to march from the Tuatapere RSA hall to the Tuatapere Memorial Library for the laying of poppies and flowers.
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Firefighter Kelven Caskill plays the Last Post at the Portobello Anzac Service.
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Te Anau's two WWII veterans Louie Nicholson, left, and Alf Excell lay the RSA wreath during the Anzac service today.
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Russell Baker leads the Te Anau Anzac parade down the town's main street.
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Khalen O'Donnell, 7, holds a wreath at the Thornbury Anzac Day service. She is about to hand it over to a fire fighter to lay on the cenotaph.
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People take shelter under umbrellas during today's service in Clyde. It was only the second time in 20 years the service was forced indoors because of rain.
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Warrant Officer class one Danny Broughton, of Wellington, Nicole Brown, 5, and Tegan Kennedy, 8, (blue jacket), both of Winsdor area Brownies at the Eastern Cemetery.

The voices of war, remembrance and mateship resonated in Anzac Services throughout the south today. 

Two of the strongest voices to stand out as thousands of people turned out for services included Danny Raikeia, at the Invercargill service, and Bill Slater in Bluff.

''I would like to thank everybody in Southland for getting up. The biggest thing for me is the kids and their grandparents, seeing them here, it brings your spirits up. 

Anzac Day 2014
Anzac Day is drawing huge crowds back to services. This startling image came from the 2012 service on Stewart Island taken by photographer Matt Jones.

''You are there to mourn the loss of your comrades, but you must not forget that the people have come here to honour you as well.... it's humbling,'' Vietnam veteran Danny Raikeia said.

In Bluff, Bill Slater, 96, said: ''I served this country but it cost me a lot of friends.''

Final attendance figures have yet to come but 4000 people attended the Invercargill service that started at 7am.

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Torrential rain hit the Southern Lakes District and disrupted services.

In Clyde the service was shifted to the town hall, Queenstown RSA president Dave Geddes, on social media, said it was an amazing turnout despite rain and weather conditions in Arrowtown meant it was too slippery to get to the town's cenotaph, which is on a steep hill.

It was a special service at the Tisbury Hall as the honour roll was called for the final time.

Today, marked the last time the service will be held in the small hall after 71 years of commemorations.

* Our live cover of the services in the south has now ended.

However, click on the link below to replay the feed to view images and quotes as they rolled in from 6am. 

You can also view audio slideshows, videos, photo galleries and read about past Anzac services and special Anzac projects at our Southerners At War section of the site. 

Services for 2014 begin in the south:



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