25 Apr 2011

Early memorial site recognised by historic trust

9:11 pm on 25 April 2011

One of New Zealand's original Anzac Day memorial sites is now recognised by the Historic Places Trust.

The Tinui Memorial Cross in Wairarapa was the site where people gathered on 25 April, 1916, to commemorate the first ANZAC Day.

Thirty-six men killed at Gallipoli during World War I were from the Tinui area.

The original timber cross was replaced with one made from aluminum in 1965.

Rick Kellow of the Tinui parish says they are very pleased to get recognition for the site.

Mr Kellow said he expected several hundred people to make the walk up a track to the memorial site on Anzac Day.