NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

What's Happening

Jane Tolerton's book Ettie Rout: New Zealand’s safer sex pioneer details the achievements of a woman who pioneered safer sex initiatives for New Zealand troops in the First World War.

Upcoming Events

Dominion Museum Building, Wellington
25 April 2015 - 11 November 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

The bloodiest and most traumatic campaign in New Zealand’s military history is captured in a new book produced by Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

Dignitaries and the public packed into the National War Memorial in Wellington to remember those New Zealanders who provided support to the Allied war effort in France during 1916 to 1918.

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'.

Bert Denton's Diary

1 October 1916

Fine. Drove to Church in morning & then to Mr Sorensen's for dinner. Had a walk round. Home about 7 o'clock via @Denton_Diary

CS Clarke's Diary

1 October 1916

I fell off and the horse made off with the saddle dangling under its belly. https://t.co/63l0GeLBG4 via @csclarke_diary

Auckland Weekly News

1 October 1916

Fatal slip in the South Island of New Zealand: the scene of a severe storm at Otira ... https://t.co/W67wEPkAqd via @AkWeeklyNews

Fred Welch's diary

1 October 1916

Bertie in bed all day with bad cold. I put a strong poultice of mustard turpentine on her chest. . https://t.co/h4XUZSjfGY via @FPWelchdiaries

James Cox's diary

1 October 1916

I wrote to Pollie today but it took me a long time and is a poor letter via @cox_diary

Leslie Adkin's diary

1 October 1916

Heavy rainstorm during afternoon. https://t.co/fC73HsTxOl via @adkin_diary