Turkey caps Gallipoli centenary audience

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Last updated 17:50 12/02/2013

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New Zealand will be limited to just 2000 places compared with Australia's 8000 at the official Anzac Day ceremony at Gallipoli for its centenary.

Veterans Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse confirmed the Turkish government had reviewed numbers for the Anzac Commemorative site at the centenary in 2015 and set a limit of 10,500 people.

"Demand for places at the 2015 Gallipoli commemorations is expected to significantly exceed the site capacity. That is why both Australia and New Zealand has agreed to ballot attendance passes."

Of the 10,500 attendance passes, Australia will receive 8000, New Zealand 2000, with the remaining 500 reserved for those from Turkey and for VIPs representing New Zealand, Australia and other countries involved in the conflict.

"This allocation ratio is based on the relative number of casualties suffered by New Zealand and Australia during the Gallipoli campaign in 1915."

"We will soon be in a position to make final decisions regarding balloting arrangements, and expect to announce further details in the coming weeks.

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