1231: Prime Minister John Key read from Romans, chapter 8, verses 35-39.
"Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God."
Mr Key was followed by police chaplain Reverend Jim Patrick, Ecumenical hospital chaplain Reverend Pam Tizzard, and Fire Service chaplain Reverend James Ullrich. Young people from an interfaith group, including members of Baha'i, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim faiths, then read The Act of Remembrance.
"... From all corners of the world, with all our creeds, with all our similarities and differences, we remember them."
From the audience, Hayden Donnell says: An elderly woman in a wheelchair to my right cried at that rendition of How Great Thou Art.