Nearly 60 Anzac Day Services Scrapped In New Zealand Over Security Concerns
Authorities in Auckland have decided to scrap nearly 60 Anzac Day services over security concerns.
Only 26 events will take place in the New Zealand city, compared to 84 last year, following last month's devastating terror attack in Christchurch.
There will be 10 dawn services and a further 16 civic services throughout the rest of the day, according to the New Zealand Herald.
Auckland Council told the newspaper: "In the current heightened security environment, police have agreed to maintain a visible presence at events for public reassurance.
"As a result, police had recommended that Anzac Day events in Auckland be consolidated so that they could adequately resource each public gathering."
The move is supported by the local police, who say fewer events means better security.
Auckland City district commander Superintendent Karyn Malthus said: "In the current environment, police are continuing to provide a visible presence nationwide for the safety and reassurance of the community.
"We recognise the public will want to commemorate Anzac Day across the region and we are wanting them to do that in the safest way possible, which may mean some have to travel a little further to an event."
It's a sad state of affairs when you can't commemorate the sacrifice our servicemen and women gave, but at least it will be better patrolled compared to multiple events across the city.
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