We got up just after 5 a.m. and went in to town to the Dawn Service. The local paper estimated that there were about 6,500 people there. It was a very poignant service. Every year 30 names are read from the list of fallen on the cenotaph and it will take 21 years for all the names to be read out. This is just the ones in the city itself as there are numerous war memorials around the area.
There was a strong police presence (as there was at all services with many cancelled as a result of the Terrorism in Christchurch) however, although we saw several police cars, we did not see any police.
It was then home for breakfast and a finally a fairly quiet day.