Five RSAs cancel Anzac services, more could be on the way

Five Returned and Services' Associations (RSAs) have cancelled their Anzac Day services due to safety concerns.

Police announced on Friday some services will be consolidated due to the current high terror alert after the Christchurch shootings.

Superintendent Karyn Malthus said on Friday there was no specific threat to any services, but police officers are continuing to provide a visible presence nationwide.

"Police have recommended to organisers that a number of planned events across Tamaki Makaurau be consolidated in the interests of public safety," Auckland City district commander Karyn Malthus said.

Representatives for the RSAs in Te Atatu, Manurewa, Helensville ,Titirangi and Matakana all told Newshub they have cancelled their events.

Matakana RSA spokesperson Adrienne Miller told Newshub on Monday it was quite an emotional decision to pull the plug on the service.

"I've been crying all morning. I organise this every year, everything was in place and it's so important to the community."

Henderson RSA has decided to do an indoor service that will be open to members only, while Point Chevalier RSA is still waiting to see if it can be held.

Papanui RSA in Christchurch is waiting to hear from police if it can hold the service.

Christchurch Memorial RSA president Pete Dawson said its service will go ahead as normal, despite the terror attack being fresh in peoples' minds.

"There was never a doubt that we would... hold Anzac Day, never a doubt. It is our heritage, it is what we are there for, it's important," he told Newshub.

There will be heavy security and foot traffic only to Cranmer Square for the event.

Newshub has contacted other RSAs for comment.