NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions of the First World War Centenary programme office.


WW100 pin

I’ve seen the WW100 lapel badge worn by officials, the royals, and members of organisations working on First World War centenary projects and activities. Where can I get these? Are they available for purchase?

We're pleased to announce that the pins have been made available for purchase from NZ Post outlets, online, from RSAs and from Badgeworks from 24 October 2014. Find out how to get yourself a WW100 pin.

Funding

Can you fund my proposed activity or project to commemorate the First World War?

The First World War Centenary programme office does not have funding for centenary projects outside of that allocated for the official legacy projects.

The main source of funding for centenary commemorations in the community came from the Lottery Grants Board. Although there are no further funding rounds specifically supporting First World War centenary commemoration activities, organisations are still eligible for funding from general funding categories.

You can find information about this and other potential funding sources such as the New Zealand-France Friendship Fund, region-specific grants, community funding, arts and culture funding and crowd funding under Get Involved.

Memorabilia, stories and publications

I have stories / photographs / memorabilia etc relating to the First World War. Would you like to include these in the centenary commemorations?

We don’t collect or share First World War-related stories and material ourselves, but your material may be of interest to other activities and projects around the country.

If you wish to share these digitally, we recommend you contact the Auckland War Memorial Museum armoury in the first instance. The museum developed New Zealand’s online memorial for the centenary, Cenotaph. You are able to share stories and information about individuals through the redeveloped Cenotaph memorial website. Do not discard the originals of your digital copies!

A guide with information for people wishing to donate First World War-related material to a public institution is available here on our website.

We also have an Ideas Forum where you can make others aware of the material in case they wish to use it in an exhibition or project — but of course we can’t guarantee you will be contacted.

View projects actively seeking community contributions

I have had a book published relating to the First World War. Will you list it on your website?

Our Sites & Sources page provides links to a comprehensive bibliography of books, articles and theses relating to New Zealand’s role in the First World War, compiled by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

Please check whether your book has already been listed. If not, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage’s NZHistory team would be glad to consider it for inclusion.

If your book project is not for profit and published specifically as a First World War centenary activity, please list it on the activities and projects register.

Download the detailed bibliography (PDF, 1 MB)

Access the general bibliography

Helping out

I have relevant skills and experience that may be useful to the centenary commemorations. Is there potential for me to get involved?

Any contracting or employment opportunities will be announced on our website under News. Jobs are listed on jobs.govt.nz, and we follow the New Zealand government procurement guidelines.

Otherwise, take a look at our Activities & Projects register. There may be opportunities for you to contribute to an activity being organised within your local community.

Scope

Do you have plans to commemorate New Zealand’s involvement in the First World War in Western Europe, or just Gallipoli? What about non-military aspects?

Yes. In addition to the official Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli in 2015 the New Zealand Defence Force is responsible for organising military commemorations for the First World War centenary at other overseas locations.

You can find details of national commemorations to be held overseas under What's happening.

One of the major projects for the First World War centenary also involves creating heritage trails at key battle sites on the Western Front and Gallipoli, so New Zealand and other visitors can develop a fuller appreciation of the part New Zealand played in these conflicts.

The events of 1914–1918 affected more than those who went away— they touched nearly every New Zealand family, every community, school, workplace and club or group. One indication of this wide-reaching impact is how many New Zealand communities, large or small, have a memorial marking the First World War.

Through activities and projects developed in the community, the centenary commemorations will honour the service and sacrifice of those who fought, but will also tell the stories of the great majority of people who remained at home. With a generation of men overseas, women took on new roles that began to change our workforce and society. At a time of intense pressure to conform, the courage of those who opposed the war, including conscientious objectors, will also be acknowledged.

Marketing and promotions

Can someone from the WW100 Programme Office come and speak at a conference / event we are holding?

We welcome opportunities to further awareness of the aims of the First World War centenary programme, so feel free to contact us. However, please be aware that we are a small team with limited budget for travel, and cannot attend all speaking engagements.

Will there be merchandise for the centenary commemorations?

Aside from the WW100 pin, you can also purchase Ngā Tapuwae New Zealand First World War Trails merchandise via Te Papa.

Soldier seated at a table receives artillery ranges for the New Zealand Howitzer Battery by field telephone.

Telephonist of the New Zealand Howitzer Battery receiving the ranges. Photograph taken 1917 by Henry Armytage Sanders. Ref: 1/2-012898-G. Alexander Turnbull Library.