NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

Activities and Projects

A digital roll sourced from the Online Cenotaph containing the names and details of Māori and Pacific Islanders who served in the First World War.

Topics: online resources, Maori, Soldiers Audience: historians, Descendants, Students Organised by: Ministry for Culture and Heritage Category: Publications and online resources

Since writing you last... features the letters of four Southland First World War soldiers.  Over 1700 pages from 307 letters have been digitised, transcribed, and made available to the public.

Topics: letters, Southland, primary resource Audience: Teachers, secondary students, historians, general audience, Tertiary students Located in: New Zealand, Invercargill Organised by: Invercargill City Libraries & Archives Category: Publications and online resources, Exhibitions and new educational facilities, Classroom activities or formal learning, Research or lifelong learning

A free guided tour exploring the story of ​Count Felix Graf von Luckner's escape from Motuihe Island during the First World War. 8 October 2017.

Topics: Guided walks, heritage talks Audience: Families, Individuals, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Auckland Organised by: Motuihe Trust Category: Commemorative events, parades and services, Tours or trails

A collections-driven exhibition project that explores New Zealanders’ objects related to the First World War from both overseas and the home front.

Topics: Exhibitions, Community contribution, Websites, Digital Audience: museums, galleries, General Organised by: National Services Te Paerangi Category: Publications and online resources, Exhibitions and new educational facilities

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.

Topics: Memorabilia, August 14, Samoa Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington Organised by: The New Zealand Post Group Category: Publications and online resources, Commemorative events, parades and services

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.

Topics: Research, Digital, Online Cenotaph Audience: Researchers, Descendants, General, Family history researchers Located in: New Zealand, Fairlie, New Zealand, Geraldine, New Zealand, Temuka, New Zealand, Timaru, New Zealand, Waimate Organised by: South Canterbruy Museum, South Canterbury branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists Category: Publications and online resources, Research or lifelong learning

As part of Tauranga's commemorations of local lives lost in the First World War, a Field of Remembrance displays white crosses in public places throughout the city. 

Topics: crosses, memorial, Soldiers, Tauranga, Fields of Remembrance Audience: General Public Located in: Tauranga Organised by: Tauranga RSA, WW100 Tauranga Category: Memorials or monuments

New Zealand Post continues to remember and honour those who served in the First World War with the fourth addition to its stamp and coin programme, titled 1917 The Darkest Hour.

Topics: Memorabilia, centenary, Stamps, coins Audience: General, general audience, Philatelists, Collectors Organised by: The New Zealand Post Group Category: Publications and online resources, Commemorative events, parades and services

Every day at 5pm, a Last Post ceremony is conducted on the forecourt of the National War Memorial in Wellington. Any person can be a part of this daily remembrance, conducted by the NZDF.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Last Post, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Events Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington Organised by: New Zealand Defence Force, Manatū Taonga - Ministry for Culture and Heritage Category: Commemorative events, parades and services

The only remaining artefact commemorating the people of Kuaotunu who gave their lives during this war, it is important to restore and preserve it it in honour of their memory for generations to come.

Topics: Roll of Honour, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: general audience Located in: New Zealand, Whitianga Organised by: Kuaotunu Hall Committee Category: Preservation, conservation or protection

The North Otago Museum is developing an online resource linking information on North Otago Memorial Oaks with the Cenotaph database and information from the Waitaki District Archives.

Topics: Memorials, Research, Digital, Online Cenotaph, Trees Audience: Teachers, Descendants, Family history researchers, General, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Oamaru Organised by: North Otago Museum Category: Publications and online resources, Memorials or monuments

Collecting the stories, photos and documents of Waipu people who served in the First World War and building a village exhibition. Opens August 2014.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Exhibitions, Community contribution, August 14, Research Audience: local visitors, General Located in: New Zealand, Waipu Organised by: Waipu Museum Category: Exhibitions and new educational facilities

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