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A ceremony will be held at Auckland War Memorial Museum to mark New Zealand's first overseas action in the war, the occupation of German Samoa. 29 August 2014, 4.15 pm.

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A national commemoration to mark the centenary of New Zealand’s occupation of Samoa will take place on Friday 29 August at the Auckland Cenotaph, Auckland Domain, from 4.15pm. Public are welcome to attend the ceremony, which will be webcast live.

Veterans’ Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse has announced plans to select 25 Youth Ambassadors to attend 2015 Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli.



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

Bert Denton's Diary

29 August 1914

Drill in afternoon. Poor turnout #WW100 via @Denton_Diary

Auckland Weekly News

29 August 1914

The medical inspection of feet at the Auckland Camp #WW100 via @AkWeeklyNews


29 August 1914

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY - Observer, 29 Aug 1914 #WW100 via @PapersPastNZ

James Cox's diary

29 August 1914

I received my cheque from the County Council this evening £9.3.6. A rough and squally NW breeze blowing this evening #WW100 via @cox_diary


29 August 1914

BOBBIES ON THE BOUNCE - Detective's devious dexterity denounced - NZ Truth, 29 Aug 1914 #WW100 via @PapersPastNZ

Leslie Adkin's diary

29 August 1914

In South Belgium there has been a desperate conflict. #WW100 via @adkin_diary