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He Pou Aroha Community Cenotaph provides portable digital access to Online Cenotaph using innovative purpose-built digitisation kiosks at a range of locations throughout New Zealand.

Upcoming Events

Dominion Museum Building, Wellington
25 April 2015 - 11 November 2018

Legacy projects

Listen to New Zealand's First World War story. Audio guides, soldiers' personal stories and historical insights to help you explore Gallipoli and discover the Western Front.

Overseas Ceremonies

Marking the 100th anniversary New Zealand's participation in the Battle of Passchendaele on 12 October 2017.

Latest News

It was quiet when English visited but in a few months things will be much busier as the 100th anniversaries of the major battles are commemorated.

Supported by Manatū Taonga, Ministry for Culture and Heritage The Myriad Faces of War: 1917 and its legacy will bring together speakers from around the world to Wellington in April 2017 to discuss the impact of the First World War and other significant events.



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 January 1917

Felled a tall rata stump which had got on fire. via @adkin_diary

Corp. William McCaw

25 January 1917

Very cold wind & a very hard frost. Had two extra trips in the afternoon too. via @McCaw_diary

Auckland Weekly News

25 January 1917

The north Auckland timber industry: Kauri logs being floated down the Waihou River. via @AkWeeklyNews


25 January 1917

HOW A STEPSON WAS TRACED - Colonist, 25 January 1917 via @PapersPastNZ


24 January 1917

HAWKE'S BAY CHILDREN'S HOME - A DESERVING INSTITUTION - Hastings Standard, 24 January 1917 via @PapersPastNZ

CS Clarke's Diary

24 January 1917

Pat returned in the evening bringing the pack horses loaded with boxes of Burbank plums & preserving jars. via @csclarke_diary