What's Happening


Online and mobile historical content – including free apps, plus improving New Zealand-related information and signage at overseas battlefields and associated museums.

Upcoming Events

The Great War Exhibition, 15 Buckle Street, Wellington
31 May 2016 – 31 July 2016

Legacy projects

The redeveloped Cenotaph database, Online Cenotaph, includes a page about every New Zealand soldier who served in the First World War.


Overseas Ceremonies

There are three commemorative services on 15 September 2016 in Longueval, France, to mark New Zealand's involvement in the Battle of the Somme.

Latest News

Regimental colours and banners representing New Zealand units that served in the First World War will be paraded by New Zealand Defence Force personnel on the Champs-Élysèes during France's Bastille Day military parade.

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley will represent the New Zealand government at First World War centenary commemoration events in England and France around the centenary of the commencement of the Battle of the Somme.



History from the perspective of New Zealanders who experienced it. Daily tweets from diaries, letters, newspapers... shared 100 years later in 'real-time'.

CS Clarke's Diary

1 July 1916

Mr Maunder & his son Roy came for tea and gave us a lot of items on the gramaphone. via @csclarke_diary


1 July 1916

FIRST REAL THINKER - Star, 1 July 1916 via @PapersPastNZ


1 July 1916

THE ROLL OF HONOR - Southland Times, 1 July 1916 via @PapersPastNZ

Fred Welch's diary

1 July 1916

Went to office then Healy & I rode a cycle to Cooper Bros farm at Opaki.. via @FPWelchdiaries

James Cox's diary

1 July 1916

I made a start to go for a walk but the rain soon sent me back and I loafed all day via @cox_diary

Roy Bruce's letters

1 July 1916

letters are strange birds of passage, I believe spirits drop them in heaps in the desert via @Bruce_letters