Gallipoli ballot closes

00:58, Feb 01 2014
Nearly 10,000 Kiwis have registered for a chance to attend the Anzac Day centenary commemorations in Turkey, but four out of five will miss out.
IN THE TRENCHES: NZ soldeirs at Gallipoli.

Nearly 10,000 Kiwis have registered for a chance to attend the Anzac Day centenary commemorations in Turkey, but four out of five will miss out.

The Gallipoli 2015 ballot closed at midnight, and attracted 9909 applications, the Government said.

Just 2000 places are available to New Zealanders, after the Turkish Government set a limit of 10,500 to attend the centenary services on April 25, 2015.

Australia gets 8000 places. 

The number is based on the relative number of casualties suffered by each country at Gallipoli during World War I.

Nearly 30,000 Australians had entered the ballot by yesterday afternoon, Australian media reported. 

Passes have been set aside for direct descendants of Gallipoli veterans, and veterans of all conflicts.

The ballot will be drawn in March.

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