NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY20142019

What's Happening

International events across land and sea will mark the centenary of the largest naval battle of the First World War, including the participation of HMS New Zealand.

Upcoming Events

Te Papa, Wellington
18 April 2015 - April 2018

Legacy projects

The Government created Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington to acknowledge the centenary of the First World War. Opened 18 April 2015.

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

Four young people from Samoa, Niue, Tonga and the Cook Islands will travel to France for the Somme commemorations in September, after winning a WW100 writing competition.

An image of a lone soldier at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park has been judged the winner of WW100 centenary progamme’s #MyAnzacDay photo competition.

WW1914-1919

@life100yearsago

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

Leslie Adkin's diary

25 May 1916

Up to Sonoma - sowed grass-seed. https://t.co/qscPleKm2E via @adkin_diary

Auckland Weekly News

25 May 1916

The opening of the second session of New Zealand's Nineteenth Parliament... https://t.co/YImQVc0cmc https://t.co/aQDMrpPE8A via @AkWeeklyNews

PapersPast

25 May 1916

A VAGRANT GERMAN - Poverty Bay Herald, 25 May 1916 https://t.co/Qnd1ULHF6E via @PapersPastNZ

PapersPast

25 May 1916

TAXIS FOR HIRE - North Otago Times, 25 May 1916 https://t.co/bsYjuIQyEB via @PapersPastNZ

Fred Welch's diary

25 May 1916

Terrible slaughter of men at the Verdun battles the Germans hurling immense masses of men. . https://t.co/l4k1XJeOXt via @FPWelchdiaries

Bert Denton's Diary

25 May 1916

Dug potatoes. George & Jack picked up. About 4 sacks https://t.co/oLleA2WAJi via @Denton_Diary