Anzac Day 2019: Gallipoli Commemorations

Source: New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Safe Travel

Anzac Day 2019: Gallipoli Commemorations

Anzac Day 2019 commemorations in Gallipoli, Turkey
On Anzac Day 2019, we will commemorate the Anzac landings in Gallipoli. This bulletin should be read in conjunction with our Turkey travel advisory.

Safety and security
The Anzac Day Service on the Gallipoli peninsula is a five hour drive from Istanbul. For this region of Turkey, we advise you to exercise increased caution.

There are a number of areas in south-east Turkey that we advise New Zealanders avoid non-essential travel to, and other areas that we advise New Zealanders do not travel to (along the Syrian border, and the city of Diyarbakir). See our Turkey advisory for more information.

We advise that New Zealanders exercise increased caution elsewhere in Turkey, including in Ankara, Istanbul and on the Gallipoli peninsula, due to the heightened threat of terrorism and the potential for civil unrest. For more information on these advice levels, see our Turkey advisory and our About our advisories page.

Terrorism
Terrorist attacks can take place anywhere and at any time in Turkey. Terrorist groups have conducted deadly attacks in Turkey and continue to threaten further attacks. New Zealanders throughout Turkey are advised to exercise a high degree of vigilance in public places, keep themselves informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources, and following the instructions of local authorities.

Be security conscious around buildings and sites associated with Turkish government and security forces, as well as landmarks and places known to be frequented by foreigners, such as embassies, tourist locations, shopping malls, entertainment areas, public transport, airports, places of worship and identifiably Western businesses. If you are in an area affected by an attack, you should leave the immediate vicinity as soon as it is safe to do so, follow any instructions given by local authorities and let your family know you are safe and well.

The security environment in Turkey may change between now and Anzac Day. We recommend that New Zealanders travelling to Turkey for the Anzac commemorations regularly monitor SafeTravel and our travel advice, which will be kept under close review in the lead up to the event. 

Attending the services
The 2019 Anzac Day commemorative services at Gallipoli will be held on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 April. More information on the services, what to expect at Gallipoli and what to bring, can be found here.

New Zealanders attending the 2019 Anzac Day services at Gallipoli will require an attendance pass. This pass can be obtained by registering on the Overseas Commemorations Website.

Security and crowd management at the commemorations are the responsibility of local security staff. Attendees will be subject to airport-style screening at the entrances to sites, including bag searches. Follow the instructions of security staff at all times.

Local health authorities provide limited medical support at the commemorative sites. Support is mostly designed for medical emergencies. Bring your own first aid kit (e.g. sunscreen, band aids and paracetamol) as these are not provided.

Facilities designed for persons with disabilities or restricted mobility are not generally available in Turkey.  Before organising your trip, contact a travel agent, tour operator or the local tourist authority to find out whether local transport, accommodation and attractions will cater for your needs.

Before you go
All domestic and international passenger flights to and from Istanbul Ataturk Airport were transferred to the new Istanbul Airport as of 7 April 2019. For New Zealanders travelling to Turkey, we recommend that you check your flight details with your airline. See our news feature for more information.

All New Zealanders planning on attending the Gallipoli Anzac Day Commemorative Services are encouraged to:

  • Register your details on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s SafeTravel website so that you are made aware of any changes to our travel advice for Turkey and so that we can contact you and account for your well-being in the event of an emergency; and
  • Ensure you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air. You also need to check which circumstances and activities are covered and not covered by your insurance policy, as limitations can apply.  Your travel insurer should have a 24/7 emergency number.

Consular assistance at Gallipoli 
Consular staff from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade will be in Turkey over the commemorative period to provide on-the-ground consular assistance required by New Zealanders attending the Gallipoli commemorations. For information on the kind of consular assistance the New Zealand Government can and cannot provide, check out the ‘When Things Go Wrong’ tab on the SafeTravel website.

Throughout this period, New Zealanders requiring consular assistance should contact +90 533 284 08 88.  

Emergency numbers:

  • Firefighting and rescue services: 110
  • Ambulance: 112
  • Criminal issues in major cities: 155 (English speakers not always available)
  • Criminal issues in rural areas: 156 (English speakers rarely available).

Foreigners may also contact the Tourist Police in Istanbul on +90 212 527 4503 during office hours.

Associated Advisories:

See the Turkey travel advisory

The New Zealand Embassy Ankara, Turkey

Street Address Kizkulesi Sokak No.11, Gaziosmanpasa, Ankara, Turkey 
Telephone + 90 312 446 3333 
Fax +90 312 446 3317 
Email newzealandembassyankara@gmail.com 
Website http://www.mfat.govt.nz/turkey 
Hours Mon – Fri 0830 – 1700

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Crash, Appleby Highway

Source: New Zealand Police

Diversions are in place following a two-vehicle crash in Appleby, Tasman District.

It happened just after 4pm on the Appleby Highway, at the intersection with Swamp Road.

Indications are that there are injuries involved, and some power lines are down.

Traffic is being diverted down Lower Queen Street. Motorists are asked to avoid the area if possible.

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Name release – Rotoorangi fatal crash

Source: New Zealand Police

Police can now release the name of the man who died in a crash in Rotoorangi, Waipa district, on Friday 5 April.

He was 42-year-old Blair Allison Phelps of Mamaku.

Police extend their sympathies to Mr Phelps’ family at this difficult time.

The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.

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Update: Aggravated robbery accused due to appear in court

Source: New Zealand Police

Three men and a woman are due to reappear in court following six aggravated robberies and two burglaries in Christchurch over the past month.

The 18-year-old, 35-year-old and 38-year-old men have been charged with aggravated robbery and burglary.

A 36-year-old woman has also been charged with receiving stolen property.

The accused are due to appear in the Christchurch District Court today.

Detective Inspector Craig Scott says the arrests follow a search warrant at an Edgeware address on Friday night, the Armed Offenders Squad assisted.

“Aggravated robberies are a serious crime and cause significant harm in our community both physically and emotionally.

”We take this type of offending extremely seriously, the arrests confirm our commitment to keeping our communities safe and holding those who transgress our laws to account,” he says.

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Investigation into death on Moutohora Island

Source: New Zealand Police

Whakatane Police are investigating a sudden death that occurred last week on Moutohora Island, also known as Whale Island.

A man suffered injuries from a fall on the island on Thursday 4 April.

The 73-year-old was provided with first aid before he was flown to Tauranga Hospital where he later died.

The death is not being treated as suspicious however Police are currently investigating on behalf of the Coroner.

Worksafe New Zealand is also investigating.

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Name release – Fatal crash, Puhinui Rd

Source: New Zealand Police

Police can now release the name of a man who died in a crash on Puhinui Road, near Auckland Airport, on 1 April.

He was 50-year-old Colin Redfearn.

Police extend their sympathies to his family and friends.

Media please note: Mr Redfearn’s family have requested privacy at this time and do not wish to be contacted by media.

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Jarred Williamson/NZ Police

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Serious assault – Tauranga

Source: New Zealand Police

Police are investigating a serious assault in Tauranga on Sunday 7 April 2019.

A man with serious injuries was found on The Strand near the public toilets on Wharf Street around 3:45am. The assault is believed to have happened around 3:20am. The man was taken to hospital, where he remains in a critical but stable condition.

A 24-year-old man has been charged with wounding with intent and is due to appear in Tauranga District Court today.

Police would like to hear from anyone who may have information which can help the investigation. They can contact Tauranga Police on 07 213 1825, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Fatal crash – Remuera, Auckland

Source: New Zealand Police

A motorcyclist has died after crashing on Portland Road in Remuera tonight.
 
The crash occurred shortly before 10pm.
 
Road closures are in place around the crash site to allow the Serious Crash Unit to examine the scene.
 
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Motorists urged to take care after heavy hail

Source: New Zealand Police

Bay of Plenty Police are asking motorists to take special care on State Highways 1 and 5 between Turangi and Tokoroa/Rotorua.

The roads are extremely slippery following heavy hail in the area.

Please adjust your driving to the conditions, and watch your speed and following distances.

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Missing Blenheim woman found

Source: New Zealand Police

Missing Blenheim woman found

Sunday, 7 April 2019 – 4:17pm

Tasman

The 15-year-old woman who went missing yesterday in Blenheim has been located safe and well.

Police would like to thank the public for their assistance.

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