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Gallipoli ballot details announced

14:00 Mon May 13 2013

Most of New Zealand's 2000 passes for Anzac Day at Gallipoli in 2015 will be available to everyone through a ballot, the government says.

A total of 10,500 places will be available at the centenary commemorations, with 2000 allocated to New Zealand, 8000 to Australia and 500 for official representatives from Turkey and other countries.

That's about double the number who attended commemoration events on Gallipoli this year.

Veterans' Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse says allocation of New Zealand's 2000 places will be:

* 75 per cent (750 double passes/1500 places in total) by ballot for all New Zealanders (including descendants and veterans who were unsuccessful in their specific ballot).

* 10 per cent (100 double passes) by ballot for direct descendants of Gallipoli veterans.

* 10 per cent (100 double passes) by ballot for veterans of all conflicts.

* Five per cent (100 places in total) reserved for special groups such as youth representatives and children of Gallipoli veterans.

Applications for the ballot will open on November 1 this year, with results announced in April 2014.

Mr Woodhouse says that while attendance passes will be free, New Zealanders who are successful in the ballot will need to make their own travel arrangements and meet all their own costs.

Would you like to go to the Gallipoli centenary commemorations? Have your say below.

User comments
Yes I would love to go and see where my grandfather fought.
I went to Anzac Day at Gallipoli when I was on my OE and it was an amazing experience. I would love to go back for the 100-year anniversary but I think places should be given to those who have family connections to soldiers who fought there or were killed there.

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