‘What took place in Christchurch was shocking and we all agree that it was completely out of order in every way,’ Mr Brown said in an email to the Titahi Bay Club.

‘Anzac Day came about to recognise all those who went overseas and served their country and returned, and those who never returned. That is the significance and the only justification for Anzac Day, and I feel it should stay that way.’

Mr Brown told Daily Mail Australia the 6am dawn service is a military service and should have nothing political or religious involved.