New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has touched on the Christchurch mosque terror attacks as she paid tribute to the World War Two generation.
She told the dawn service in Auckland war a reminder of “our shared humanity”.
That shared humanity was something she said was prominent following the attacks on March 15, that killed 50 people attending Friday prayers at two mosques.
“There is more that unites us than divides us," she said.
"Through our expressions of love, compassion and unity, we reaffirm our commitment to peace and we move forward together in hope.”
Ms Ardern said on Anzac Day, thoughts turned to the sacrifice of all veterans 104 years since the landings at Gallipoli in World War One.
But it was the veterans of the next world war that she singled out for mention.
"We pay tribute particularly to those who served in the Second World War, a generation which sadly has almost left us," she told the Auckland Anzac Day dawn service.
The Duke of Cambridge will attend the national service later on Thursday as part of his two-day visit to honour the terror attack victims.
Prince William will lay a wreath at New Zealand's national service later on Thursday in Auckland.
He will then on Friday meet some of the survivors of the Christchurch mosque terror attacks.
Dozens of Anzac events have been called off and consolidated following the Christchurch attacks.