Activities and Projects
August 13 2014 marks 100 years since the first Wairarapa volunteers left from Masterton. Planning for a re-enactment of this event is underway.
A Tauranga public lecture series on First World War themes.
An invitation to email me messages to me for placement on the graves of NZ casualties at French cemeteries: Ration Farm at La Chapelle-D'Armentieres and at Sou-Le-Bois at Maubeuge, in May 2014.
An interactive living history experience of trench warfare & life in war time. Static, oral & multi-media displays. Children's activities, street performances & poetry readings.
Share and explore stories about servicemen and women with Plimmerton (Wellington) connections who served in World War One.
Music for the 2014 season, influenced by acts of human violence throughout history; each a moving tribute to our humanity. Features Górecki’s sorrowful 3rd symphony.
Digitising First World War related records and the creation of a commemorative DVD. These records include; photos of soldiers and armaments, letters, postcards, and stories of soldiers who served.
An opportunity for students in journalism to take part in an intercultural and professionalizing itinerary around the areas of the First World War.
On Anzac Day 2014 a guard of New Zealand Cadet Force members will be posted for a continuous 24 hours on the memorial gate at Otago Boys High School in Dunedin.
A military vehicles display, including carrying First World War Waihi Tunnellers names and the Waihi Tunnellers emblem down into the minefield. 19 April 2014.
Erecting a bronze figure of the Risen Christ in the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Hill St, Wellington on Monday 14th of July 2014 at 3pm.
Te Papa will re-create a First World War ‘trench experience’, and develop a multi-media First World War exhibition, for the centenary commemorations.
In this 6-week course you will learn about the causes, course and consequences of the conflict and examine major aspects of the world that entered and fought the First World War.
The North Otago Museum will develop an online resource linking information on North Otago Memorial Oaks with the Cenotaph Database and information from the Museum's archives.
Toitū will begin commemorations by staging an exhibition focusing on Dunedin during the First World War. The museum will also theme its Call to Arms military display to key WW1 events.
This commemorative voyage - Athens to Istanbul - is to remember the New Zealand nurses lost on the Marquette and the Australian nurses posted to Lemnos.
The repatriation of film showing Kiwis at the European and home fronts held in overseas archives and the building of a shared Anzac website to showcase sounds and images of the War.
The great adventure: music and moving image from the front, at The Film Archive, Friday 7 March 2014, 1.15 pm.
An evolving five-year exhibition using real stories of real people - not heroes, but ordinary people striving to achieve in extraordinary circumstances.
On 28-30 November 2013 a multidisciplinary conference will be held on rethinking war, particularly New Zealand’s connections with and contribution to ‘the Great War’.
A concert held on Anzac Day (Friday 25 April 2014, 2.30 pm) in the Hamilton Gardens Pavilion, featuring the premiere performance of "A Call to Arms", composed by David Hamilton.
Researching and developing an exhibition Balls, Bullets and Boots, exploring First World War issues through a rugby theme.
Uncovering the stories in an album of 300 postcards collected by Elsie just before and during World War I. There are postcards from family, soldiers and pen-pals.
The ANZAC Hall Club Society Incorporated is producing a set of four calendars as a limited edition over the period July 2014 to December 2018.
On July 3 and July 4 2014 the New Zealand Studies Network (UK & Ireland) holds its 2nd Biennial Conference on the broader, cultural aspects of the First World War.
A local history workshop on 28 February 2014, organised by BALH and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London.
Bulls Museum is developing a display of local people and personnel who served during the First World War.
A project to place images and brief information boards about Lower Hutt WW1 soldiers/heroes in locations closest to their residential address at their time of signing up.
A family history EXPO on 16-17 August 2014, Public Library, Paraparaumu; with a range of guests and agencies on hand to assist, plus stories and memories of the First World War.
A student-based conference to be held at Christ's College, Canterbury, 9 May 2014; to help students understand the significance of the sacrifice made during the Great War.
A talk by art critic Terry McNamara at St Lukes Community Centre in Remuera, Auckland on 19 March 2014.
The Lion Foundation Season of ONCE ON CHUNUK BAIR by Maurice Shadbolt, produced by Auckland Theatre Company. A classic play about the tragic battle at Gallipoli, on 12 June – 5 July 2014.
Ferrymead Heritage Park is working closely with MAG (Military Adventure Group) to plan a large scale military display to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War.
The project is researching the lives of 100 men listed on 5 Wellington war memorials as "killed" during WW1, on behalf of the Wellington Branch, New Zealand Society of Genealogists.
Featuring Sir Peter Jackson’s own collection of First World War aircraft and artifacts, brought to life in sensational sets created by WingNut Films and Weta Workshop.
Call for Papers by June 30 2014: Media, War and Memory. September 18–19 2014, AUT University, Auckland.
An exhibition of 60 WW1 watercolours, prints and sketches by NZ servicemen and Official War Artists with 250 contemporary watercolours by members of Watercolour New Zealand.
Publication of a local history book recording stories of soldiers listed on the new Te Puke World War One Memorial. The book will be launched on Anzac Day 2014.
An organisational history of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force covering its formation, initial structure, development and changes.
Researching and writing a historical publication on the Horowhenua district's First World War dead.
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.
Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa is asking our community to share their First World War family treasures and stories for an exhibition opening in June 2014.
"Onward" seeks to reproduce photographic portraits of each member of the 1st NZEF, as a memorial to their service.
Commemorate Anzac Day 2014 with friends and family at the Otago Museum. Enjoy toe-tapping, First World War-inspired entertainment followed by a cup of tea and an Anzac biscuit or two.
We intend to invite schools to visit and meet some of our returned and older members in our clubrooms, to see our photos and memorabilia, and to visit our museum.
The New Zealand War Graves Trust, in association with the Auckland War Memorial Museum are creating a photographic archive of the war graves of all New Zealanders from 1899 to the present day.
A collections-driven exhibition project that explores New Zealanders’ objects related to the First World War from both overseas and the home front.
The Kilbirnie branch of the Genealogy Society is hosting the 2014 NZSG conference in Wellington, including three First World War presentations. 30 May 2014 - 2 June 2014.
Help us collect the wartime reading experiences of New Zealanders at home and abroad for the New Zealand Reading Experience Database (NZ-RED).
Re-engraving commemorative plaques with the names of remembered soldiers, and erecting information panels at each of five North Otago war memorial oak tree groves.
New work being premiered in the New Zealand Festival on 28 February 2014, composed by Ross Harris, poetry by Vincent O'Sullivan and Taonga Puoro by Horomona Horo.
An Inquiry class for Year 10 students. The students will be encouraged to research and create a project on an aspect of World War One.
This project is dedicated to re-examining the 'slanguage' given first voice in WW1, for example through troop magazines, as brought home to New Zealand and carried forward 100 years later.
The Last Maopo, a book to be officially launched on Anzac Day 2014, provides insight into the Māori experience of the First World War by retelling the life of Ngāi Tahu soldier Wiremu Maopo.
The first of its kind for New Zealand – New Zealand and the First World War by Damien Fenton – dynamically illustrates 50 key episodes of our wartime life.
An exhibition exploring an archive of printed souvenirs donated to the Dunedin Public Library after the First World War.
Helping to date items of militaria and period photos from the First World War.
An exhibition at the Central Hawkes Bay Settlers Museum in Waipawa, will tell us the stories of some of the local soldiers who went to the First World War.
Recording a list of First World War service personnel & reserves that listed their occupation as working for the Post Office.
The Eastern Institute of Technology and Flinders University, Australia, are researching women teachers as volunteers in Egypt and Europe and those who kept schools open at home.
The 13th Annual Symposium of the Costume & Textile Association of New Zealand will be held at Auckland War Memorial Museum, 30-31 May 2014. The theme is 'Home Front'.
History from the perspective of New Zealanders who experienced it. Daily tweets from diaries, letters, newspapers... shared 100 years later in 'real-time'. Join in!
An online exhibition to commemorate the centenary using documents and images from the Auckland Council Archives collection, plus indexing of names from war memorials.
A webpage for every soldier - share and discover the stories behind New Zealand soldiers’ lives.
The University Library will digitise the Auckland University College Roll of Honour, and publish this on its website along with exhibitions on the College and the war.
A Field of Remembrance will be established on Windsor Reserve in Devonport. It will be planted initially for Armistice Day 2013 and subsequently for major commemorative activities.
Hokitika Museum plans to develop a database of all Westland people who served during WW1 to support personal connections, sharing of information and commemorations of Westland’s role in WW1.
Canterbury 100 is a collaborative project coordinated by the region’s major cultural and heritage institutions, telling the story and experiences of Canterbury people during WW1.
Immerse yourself in this First World War photographic display, of the man who gifted Kemp House to the nation. Also help us identify photographs of unknown soldiers found in Kemp House.
The Christchurch RSA will be opening its new clubrooms on 4 August 2014, 100 years from the outbreak of WW1. The old clubrooms where destroyed in the 2011 Christchurch Earthquake.
The second of two WW100 exhibitions, looking at the same people at the beginning of the war and then the lasting impact on them and their communities.
Pacific Islanders in the First World War: nation, nationalism and sense of belonging. An international symposium in Amiens, France, from 17 to 20 April 2014.
Auckland Libraries has developed a research guide, which outlines the First World War resources available at Auckland Libraries and Auckland Council Archives.
First World War memorial monuments, obelisks, statues, honours boards, plaques, gates of the Manawatu have been searched out, restored and recorded; ready for community Anzac Day commemorations.
Mid-morning civic Anzac Day service at Takapau to commemorate the 1914 Divisional Camp. Starts at 11 a.m., 25 April 2014.
A show garden entered into the 2014 Ellerslie flower show. The theme for this abstract and thought-provoking garden is the 100th anniversary of the commencement of the First World War.
This project is about ensuring war memorials in Southland are able to be preserved and commemorated in the near future and the long term.
The Milton Bruce RSA is participating in the Fields of Remembrance. The crosses will be displayed at the Cenotaph on ANZAC Day. We are also providing Lovells Flat with crosses.
Improving New Zealand-related information and signage at overseas battlefields and associated museums.
Developing short publicly-accessible biographies of all South Cantabrians who served their country during the First World War, in order to record local stories and support commemorations.
Reflection is a 20 minute site-specific performance to be held at Memorial Park, Otaki on April 12 /13, 2014. This park contains one of the Cenotaphs in Otaki which will be a focus of the work.
Women at the Front (working title) is a new international theatre collaboration for WW100 between Ake Ake Theatre Company NZ and Sanja Krsmanovic Tasic (Dah Teatar) Serbia. Funded by Creative NZ.
A joint digitisation project between Auckland War Memorial Museum and Dunedin Public Libraries has led to a significant collection of New Zealand First World War troopship magazines online.
A visual arts project acknowledging the role of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles in the Middle East. Artist Rebecca Holden will be painting a large scale work onsite at Expressions Art Centre.
An annual 2-day event in Cambridge, New Zealand, to commemorate the November Armistice. See famous battle re-enactments, restored military vehicles, an airshow and more.
Finding WWI rolls of honour in Point Chevalier, Avondale and New Lynn, researching the background to the names, and those not included on honour boards within the areas, with view to publication.
Creating a database of information on Mid-Canterbury (Ashburton and districts) soldiers - casualties and returned soldiers; forms available to add information on your local soldier.
Discover a series of authoritative and accessible print histories on New Zealand and the First World War.
Creating an adaptable and mobile First World War-related exhibition space and exhibition programme.
An on-line project to commemorate Southland’s role in the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915, and to honour the memory of all who served.
A riverside garden in memory of military personnel killed in conflict in WW1, focusing on Hamilton city's connection with the Belgian town of Ieper (Ypres).
Digitising a wide selection of First World War letters and diaries held in the Manuscripts Collection of the Alexander Turnbull Library.
Researching and documenting local involvement in the First World War to enrich the Coromandel Heritage Trust's existing website.
Never a week goes by is an exhibition depicting the impact of the First World War on two Pacific colonies, one English and one French.
A lecture by Professor Sir Hew Strachan, Chichele Professor of History of War, All Souls College, Oxford. The lecture shows during the war Britain advanced as a democracy and an empire.
Transcribing war memorials in Otago & Southland. Publishing details of soldiers in our monthly newsletter. Cross-referencing Invercargill Cenotaph to all memorials for future publication.
A dawn service will be held this Anzac Day 25 April 2014 at the First World War cenotaph in Cass Square Hokitika, with 183 white crosses for the members of this area lost during the war.
Constructing a First World War commemorative space and development of a First World War resource centre at Torpedo Bay Navy Museum in Devonport.
Our guest speakers for this special evening will be three of the most influential people in Wellington who are leading in the First World War commemorations.
An exhibition about the people of Otaki during the First World War: those who gave their lives, those who returned, those who worked in the town.
For the centenary, the Wellington Quarry Museum in Arras is looking for photographs of the 450 New Zealand tunnellers who worked in the underground quarries during the First World War.
Activities for the Whanganui area include a major exhibition, digitisation of community held records, a newsletter, art exhibitions and memorials photography.
Building up a list of Casualties, from various sources.
Creating New Zealand’s most comprehensive online resource on New Zealand and the First World War at www.firstworldwar.govt.nz
Christchurch author Billy Barnz is researching and writing an historical publication on the foundation and history of the Dunedin Montecillo War Veterans Home and Hospital.
The Museum was funded to digitise First World War collection resources; provide a mobile service to capture archives within its district; and provide online access to the material.
Our season opens commemorating the centenary of the First World War, with works by Ravel and Vaughan Williams which evoke the feelings of pain and loss, as well as peace.
Exhibition ‘Facing the Front’ New Zealand’s Enduring First World War, 12 June – 24th August 2014. Curated by Gavin McLean.
The Methodist Church of New Zealand Archives is compiling an index of names recorded on rolls of honour and memorial plaques in New Zealand Methodist churches.
Restoring the Gisborne Cenotaph which was damaged in a 2007 earthquake. The monument is our region’s main First World War monument and the focal point of our Anzac day celebration.
The first of two WW100 exhibitions, looking at the same people at the beginning of the war and then the lasting impact on them and their communities.
Creating a database in the form of an MS Excel spreadsheet of about 2000 entries (numerous with similar but not identical information). Most are newly identified writers of the documents.
The APO present a concert created by four composers who have produced new music in response to letters (held at Auckland Museum) written by New Zealand soldiers during the First World War.
Creating a website on the 'Fallen’ named on the Mt Hutt District Memorial Arch, Methven, and ‘The Survivors’ who returned to live in Methven area.
An exhibition that explores the stories of Central Otago; leading up to, during, and after the First World War. Full details will be available on our website.
Conservation and exhibition of 1919 "Army Eight" Rowing Skiff used in the 1919 Peace Regatta on the River Thames.
More than 10 000 horses accompanied our Kiwi soldiers to the battlefields of the First World War. They served and endured and sadly at the war's end they were left behind.
Reviews of books on war written for children: stories that we need to remember, and should never forget.
Transcription of three diaries by 1st Otago Division recruit Cecil Duncan.
An exhibition of Laurence Aberhart's photographs of First World War memorials in New Zealand and Australia, to be held at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.
We’re preparing a beautiful book to record the stories of the 32 Audit Department staff who served during the First World War. We welcome information from the public about these 32 men.
Building up a list of casualties and injuries from Greymouth and area, using various sources.
In commemoration of the centenary of the First World War, Crows Feet Dance Collective presents a full-length work to Karl Jenkins famous evocative score The Armed Man.
Following the celebration of the Eucharist (Mass) in St Mary’s Church, Foxton, on Tuesday 15th of July, a wreath will be laid at the grave of Fr Patrick Dore MC.
Centrepoint Theatre premieres The War Artist, a play based on the painting "Burial Party at Bellevue near Solesme" by war artist George Butler. On from 15 March - 12 April 2014.
Developing a website and downloadable mobile application, and constructing a monument commemorating a First World War soldier from New Zealand.
The Douai Hockey Club and Le Coquelicot - Following their Footsteps are jointly organising a U15 international youth hockey tournament to mark the First World War centenary.
Commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Wellington Batallion capture of Chunuk Bair on Gallipoli on 8 August 1915. Events in Napier will include a service, beating retreat and military ball.
Venture Southland is seeking the public’s help in the very first step of gathering knowledge of the whereabouts of all war memorials in the Southland region.
Do you have stories of family members during the First World War for use in a student design project?
Taupo Choral Society wish to perform a community concert with all music groups in Taupo to commemorate the First World War Centenary. At the Great Lake Centre Oct/Nov 2014.
A centre for learning will be associated with the National War Memorial in Buckle St, Wellington.
Creating a film, sharing experiences of locals whose family members went to war; and a First World War-themed exhibition.
Author and historian Dr John Basarin tours New Zealand for a series of presentations about the Turkish view of the Gallipoli campaign 1915.
Creating an "Avenue of Remembrance" a tree for each local fallen soldier, grown from the seeds of the Gallipoli Oak Tree planted in the centre of Christchurch.
Creating a database of the Rolls of Honour in the Ashburton District, and a digital archive of these rolls and memorials.