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Visual stories from cultural commentators present moving viewpoints on the formal and intimate lives of New Zealanders during the First World War. Presented digitally on various channels.


The Office of the Clerk is incorporating First World War centenary commemorative aspects into the State Opening of the 51st Parliament on 21 October 2014.

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Frankton Railway Station, Hamilton

Sunday 26 October 2014

Glenbrook Vintage Railway, Auckland

Monday 27 October 2014

The Basin Function & Events Centre, Auckland

Friday 31 October 2014

Te Whaea: NZ National Dance and Drama Centre, Wellington

Wednesday 19 November 2014

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To mark the largest single departure of people to ever occur in New Zealand, the centenary of the departure of the first fleet of troop ships to the northern hemisphere, Wellington Harbour receives the Ngā Tapuwae New Zealand First World War Trails interpretative sign.

On 17 October 1914 500 volunteers for the Maori Contingent began arriving at Avondale Racecourse, Auckland. They were the the embodiment of the first organised effort by Māori to represent themselves in an overseas theatre of war



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


22 October 1914

WHAT WAR IS LIKE - A vivid impression - North Otago Times, 22 Oct 1914 #WW100 via @PapersPastNZ

Fred Welch's diary

22 October 1914

Cut wood & chipped weeds in garden before breakfast. Busy with labour matters #WW100 via @FPWelchdiaries


21 October 1914

ALIENS IN NEW ZEALAND - Precautions being taken - North Otago Times, 21 Oct 1914 #WW100 via @PapersPastNZ


21 October 1914

TREASURE HUNT - General Grant's gold - Star, 21 Oct 1914 #WW100 via @PapersPastNZ

LTCOL Malone's Diary

21 October 1914

In afternoon boat race, cutters, artillery, mounted rifles, one boat each #WW100 via @LTCOLMalone

James Cox's diary

21 October 1914

I met A J Parton on the road, he told me he had a man working at the Hospital and wanted another, but I was too late #WW100 via @cox_diary