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New Zealand Post honours those who served in the First World War with a five year programme of commemorative stamps and coins. The first stamp issue tells the story of serviceman Melville Mirfin.


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.

Upcoming Events

The Beehive & Parliament Buildings, Wellington

Monday 4 August 2014

Masterton Railway Station, Masterton

Wednesday 13 August 2014

Queens Wharf, Wellington

Monday 4 August 2014

Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland

Tuesday 5 August 2014

Latest News

A ceremony to mark the beginning of the First World War for New Zealand will take place on Monday 4 August in Parliament Grounds, Wellington, from 9.00am. Public are welcome to attend the ceremony, which will also be webcast live.

A 100-Gun Salute fired from the waterfront, in front of Te Papa, at about 9.20am will be part of an official ceremony (at Parliament Grounds) to mark the beginning of the First World War for New Zealand.



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


1 August 1914

DEMOCRACY AND ASSASSINATION - The root cause of such crime - NZ Truth, 1 Aug 1914 #WW100 via @PapersPastNZ

Fred Welch's diary

1 August 1914

Did a little spraying with Bordeaux mixture before breakfast. Down to office. #WW100 via @FPWelchdiaries

Bert Denton's Diary

31 July 1914

Evening, meeting of Reform Party #WW100 via @Denton_Diary


31 July 1914

WARNING TO OVERCOAT THIEVES - Evening Post, 31 Jul 1914 #WW100 via @PapersPastNZ

James Cox's diary

31 July 1914

This morning I walked by Belvedere, Dalefield and Swamp road to the Waiohine bridge. The first span is now going up #WW100 via @cox_diary


31 July 1914

SAFE THEFT DRAMA - Clutha Leader, 31 Jul 1914 #WW100 via @PapersPastNZ