All the creative ways New Zealand will commemorate ANZAC Day from their COVID-19 bubbles

There's a new ANZAC campaign underway and growing, and this is one we're winning. But it's not on the beaches of a foreign land - it's inside driveways and bubbles.

While there won't be ANZAC Day services this year, there's growing support for Kiwis to acknowledge our past and present servicemen and women with their own bubble services.

Even the Prime Minister says she'll be in her driveway at dawn on Saturday, and she's encouraging everyone to do the same.

It was proudly home to the world's first ANZAC service in 1916 and not even a global pandemic was going to stop the Wairarapa community of Tinui hosting this year's commemoration. 

But organisers say they didn't want to break the law either, so their entire service with school children reading names, wreaths laid, the national anthem, bagpipes and bugles will all be virtual - free to the world online and broadcast on local TV.

"We were really scratching to get somewhere, and the local list MP Kieran McAnulty said well use my Parliamentary Service," Trust Chair Alan Emerson said.

"Well you can't get better than that, Wairarapa TV are broadcasting it and it's really not costing anyone a cent. The locals have just got behind it absolutely brilliantly."

For the rest of us, there's an easy way to recognise ANZAC Day this year - even Jacinda Ardern's doing it.

"I know how hard this will be, our first time in history where services have been cancelled due to COVID-19," she said on Thursday.

"But that doesn't mean we can't show our support as a collective. At dawn, we can stand at the end of those driveways together in silence and show tribute to those that we can never forget.

"We can still take time to pause, reflect and pay our respects to those who have fought for us."

And the country's willingness to be involved at this time, even from their bubbles, isn't lost on our serving men and women.

Myer August

"Personally I'll be at home, staying in my bubble, standing at dawn at the end of my driveway to represent those who have fallen for us," Myer August said.

"And how will it feel knowing lots of New Zealanders are doing the same thing? It'll feel awesome, definitely respect for everyone that gets up and goes to the end of their drive."

After last night's story about how much funding Retired Service Associations (RSAs) have lost through not being able to sell poppies, Kiwis are again showing their creativity.

None more so than Auckland realtor John Wills, who is hoping to raise $50,000 by doing 18,277 press-ups.

"It's just my way of making a contribution to one heck of a cause and something I know I can complete in the 48 hours," he said.

If you're wondering why 18,277, it's the same number of Kiwi soldiers who never returned home from World War I. Lest we forget.