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The main ceremony will be held in Parliament Grounds with a 100-Gun Salute being fired on Wellington’s waterfront outside Te Papa. 4 August 2014, 9 to 9.30 am.

Capital E National Theatre for Children's An Awfully Big Adventure explores the First World War in context and its impact on New Zealanders. Accessible to students aged 8+, touring in 2014.

Upcoming Events

The Beehive & Parliament Buildings, Wellington

Monday 4 August 2014

Torpedo Bay Navy Museum, Auckland

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum, Auckland

Wednesday 6 August 2014

Auckland Town Hall - Great Hall, Auckland

Thursday 24 July 2014

Latest News

We’ve made some changes to in preparation for the start of the centenary in August 2014.

On 2 July 2014, the Lottery Grants Board allocated a further $5 million towards supporting World War One Commemoration activities.  



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


24 July 1914

"KEGGING PARTIES" - Invercargill diversions - Oamaru Mail, 24 Jul 1914 #WW100 via @PapersPastNZ

James Cox's diary

24 July 1914

Wind NW a squally fitful breeze. I worked all day stone-napping at Parkvale #WW100 via @cox_diary


24 July 1914

ENGLISH FOLK SONGS - College hall lecture - Sun, 24 Jul 1914 #WW100 via @PapersPastNZ

Leslie Adkin's diary

24 July 1914

My ewes & steers appear to be doing well. #WW100 via @adkin_diary


24 July 1914

THE WORLD'S PRESS - Sun, 24 Jul 1914 #WW100 via @PapersPastNZ

Fred Welch's diary

24 July 1914

Mr Rue went with me to look at section in Pownall St with view to buying one. #WW100 via @FPWelchdiaries