Alternative Anzac event planned
The thousands of Kiwis who miss out on a spot at the official centenary Anzac Day services at Gallipoli will have another chance to attend commemorations.
With only 2000 places allocated by Turkish authorities to New Zealanders for the official event on April 25, 2015, about 8,000 disappointed people who also put their names into the ballot might be hoping to participate in the planned alternative event.
The Australian Government announced today it was arranging an alternative ceremony at Lone Pine on August 6, 2015, for those who wanted to attend but missed out on the ballot.
The New Zealand Government was looking at doing something similar, and further details would be announced shortly, a spokesman for the Minister of Veterans' Affairs said tonight.
"All I can confirm at this stage is that the Government is in the planning process for a second New Zealand ceremony at Gallipoli, likely to be in August 2015," he said.
The Turkish Government set a limit of 10,500 to attend the centenary services at Gallipoli next year, and just 2000 places are available to New Zealanders.
The Gallipoli ballot closed on January 31 and attracted nearly 10,000 applications.
Those successful in the ballot will be advised next month.