NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

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A remembrance ceremony at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington at 11 am on 7 June 2017 to mark the centenary of the Battle of Messines.

Topics: Messines, Events, Commemorations, Ceremonies, Western Front, Belgium Audience: General, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

The history of the Pacific Islanders who served in the New Zealand Army in the First World War. Written by Howard Weddell, and published in 2016.

Topics: History, Pacific Cultures, Publications, Books Audience: historians, Descendants, Pacific cultures
Organised by:

A march and series of ceremonies at parliament to remember the contribution that Cook Island soldiers made to the First World War. In Wellington on 16 November 2016.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Cook Islands, Commemorations Audience: Descendants, Pacific cultures Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: CISWWO Committee

A service to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, at Timaru Botanic Gardens on 18 September 2016.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Somme Audience: General, Local residents, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Timaru

This presentation at the Marlborough Convention Centre on 25 September 2016 will be given by New Zealand Defence Force historian Matthew Buck.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, Somme, History Audience: General, historians, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Blenheim

A ceremony of remembrance will be held at the Auckland War Memorial Museum on the centenary of New Zealand's entry to the battle: 15 September.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Somme Audience: General, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

Under the French city of Arras, New Zealand and French surveyors are using laser scanning technology to capture, honour, and preserve the incredible work of the NZ Engineers Tunnelling Company. 

Topics: New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company, School of Surveying, University of Otago, Tunnellers, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: Descendants, General Public, Researchers, Teachers, surveyors Located in: New Zealand, France, Dunedin

A commemorative service to mark the centenary of the opening of New Zealand No.1 Hospital at Brockenhurst, held at All Saints Garrison Church, Burnham Military Camp, on 29 June 2016.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Brockenhurst, Health and hygiene at war, Medical care, Events Audience: Descendants, Historians of health and medicine Located in: New Zealand, Rolleston

A service will be held to remember the first Returned Servicemen who took up sections in the Mangapurua Soldiers Settlement.  A monument, flagpole & location map will be placed at the site. 

Topics: Memorials and Monuments, Heritage sites, historical interest, maps, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: Descendants, General, historians

The New Zealand Branch of the Western Front Association's talk on 26 June 2016 looks at Armentieres one hundred years ago. Held at the Observation Post in Castor Bay, Auckland.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, Western Front, Armentieres, History Audience: historians, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

In the spirit of Matariki, the Great War Exhibition in Wellington offers guided tours to tell the story of Māori in the First World War. Held on weekends between 18-26 June 2016.

Topics: Museums, Exhibitions, Public Talks & Tours, Events, Maori Audience: historians, General, Maori, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Category: Tours or trails
Organised by: The Great War Exhibition

Share stories of soldiers who fought in the First World War in the #wellynextdoor recording caravan. Civic Square, Wellington, 21 April 2016.

Topics: Oral history, Family History Audience: General, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

The Linking Bridges project aims to build links between two bridges and their communities: Kaiparoro war memorial bridge, Wairarapa and the Bridge Creek memorial bridge at Brooweena, Queensland.

Topics: Memorials, Monuments, Heritage sites, Research, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: Teachers, Students, Descendants, General, local visiitors Located in: Australia, Masterton

Learn how to search for and download New Zealand's First World War soldier records from Archives NZ at Papakura's Sir Edmund Hillary Library on 22 April 2016.

Topics: Education, Events, Family History, Research, Soldiers Audience: Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Papakura
Organised by: Auckland Libraries

Discover how to access and interpret First World War records at these hands-on workshops at various Lower Hutt libraries between 19-29 April 2016.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Workshops, Events, Education Audience: Descendants, historians, family historians Located in: New Zealand, Lower Hutt
Organised by: Hutt City Libraries

CHB Settlers Museum's 2016 exhibition focuses on 100 years since the Battle of the Somme, and the 42 local boys lost in 1916. The exhibition runs from 13 March 2016 - 13 March 2017.

Topics: Exhibtions, Somme, Events, Local history Audience: Local residents, General, Descendants, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Waipawa

The role of Tairāwhiti women who served overseas in the First World War is the focus of this public lecture at the Tairāwhiti Museum on 25 April 2016.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Women in wartime, Local history, Events, Anzac Day 2016 Audience: General, Local residents, Descendants, historians, Students Located in: New Zealand, Gisborne
Organised by: Tairawhiti Museum

Chinese Anzacs: Australians of Chinese Descent in the Defence Forces 1885-1919 - Second Edition revised to include New Zealand-born Chinese of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force 1914-1919.

Topics: Chinese, History, ANZAC, Publications, Book Audience: Descendants, historians Located in: New Zealand, Australia, Wellington

On 25 April each year New Zealand commemorates the landings of the Anzacs on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey.

Topics: Gallipoli, Commemorations, Anzac Day 2016, Overseas Audience: General, Descendants, Expats, Tourists

This exhibition has a focus on the men from Blenheim who served in the First World War, and local Marlborough context of the day. Held at Bookworld, Blenheim, 12-14 February 2016.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Exhibitions, Local history Audience: Local residents, General, historians, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Blenheim

This book records, for the first time, biographies and stories about the nurses (both registered and unregistered) and chaplains with a Nelson/Tasman connection, who served in the First World War.  

Topics: Chaplains to the Forces, Local history, Research, Women in wartime, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: Descendants, Individuals / Families, General, local visitors, Women

A programme of commemorative events surround the unveiling of the New Zealand Tunnelling Company memorial dedication in Waihi's Gilmour Reserve on 22 January 2015.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Tunnellers, Memorials, New Zealand Tunnelling Company Audience: General, Descendants, Local residents, historians Located in: New Zealand, Waihi
Organised by:

Head to Auckland's Central City Library on 20 April 2016 to learn about resources and genealogical research about Pacific Islanders who served in the First World War.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, family histories, Pacific Cultures, Genealogy Audience: Genealogists, Descendants, Pacific cultures Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Auckland Libraries

He Pou Aroha Community Cenotaph provides portable digital access to Online Cenotaph using innovative purpose-built digitisation kiosks at a range of locations throughout New Zealand.

Topics: Events, Online Cenotaph, Community contribution Audience: General, Descendants, Researchers

The Nelson Branch of the NZ Society of Genealogists has indexed the names of people cited in the Nelson Anglican archives who were associated with First World War activities.

Topics: online resources, Local history, Soldiers, Genealogy Audience: Genealogists, Descendants, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: Nelson Branch NZSG, The Prow

An Armistice Day commemorative service at the Cenotaph, followed by the launch of the street-naming initiative 'Poppy Places' at the Central Library on 11 November 2015.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Commemorative events, Armistice, Local history Audience: General, Local residents, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North
Organised by:

Come to Auckland War Memorial Museum on 11 november 2015 and take time to remember those who served, those who are currently serving and those who have given their lives in military service.

Topics: Commemorations, Museums, Events, Armistice Audience: General, Descendants, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

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

A collection of stories about men from Porirua district who served overseas. There will be 200 First World War stories, including men who enlisted from the Porirua Mental Hospital.

Topics: Personal stories, photos, letters, diaries, online resources Audience: Local residents, Local Government, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Porirua
Organised by: Allan Dodson

Commemorative ceremonies and the unveiling of two new cenotaphs on Niue to mark the island's contribution to New Zealand's war effort.

Topics: Niue, Commemorative events, Memorials, Overseas Audience: Local residents, Descendants

Taki Rua Productions presents the world premiere of All Our Sons, a ground-breaking First World War play by Witi Ihimaera, at Circa Theatre, Wellington, between 6-14 November 2015.

Topics: Theatre, Plays, Theatrical performances, Maori, Events Audience: General, theatre goers, Descendants, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Taki Rua Productions

A self-drive guide available in Christchurch on 24 October 2015 locates memorials commemorating the nurses who drowned on the Marquette in 1915. 

Topics: Education, Events, Tours, nurses Audience: General, Nurses, Descendants, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch
Organised by:

A display of photographs, mementos and copies of military histories of the men from the Pukekohe East School and District who fought in the First World War. In Pukekohe from 10-11 October 2015.

Topics: Social & Political History, Events, Exhibitions, Local history, Soldiers Audience: General, Local residents, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Pukekohe
Organised by: Auckland Council

Author Phil Beattie will talk about the Onward Project and how he has obtained photographs and information about First World War soldiers. At the West Auckland Research Center, 8 September 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, History, Books, Community contribution, Events Audience: historians, Teachers, Students, Genealogists, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

An exhibition featuring photos and brief histories of Marton's local soldiers who served in the First World War. On at Vahalla Cinema Complex from 18-29 August 2015.

Topics: Social & Political History, Events, Exhibitions, Local history, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General, Local residents, local visitors, Descendants, historians Located in: New Zealand, Marton

Join the Wellington City Council and the Wellington RSA to pay tribute to the many soldiers that lost their lives on 8 August 1915 with a dawn service at the Cenotaph one hundred years on.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Chunuk Bair, Commemorations, Services Audience: General, Descendants, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Anna Rogers will talk about the New Zealand's military nurses and their involvement in conflicts in the early half of the twentieth century at the South Christchurch Library on 25 July 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, nurses, public talks, Military medical care Audience: General, historians, Students, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch

A ticker tape at the bottom of the WW100 website displayed the names of New Zealand's Gallipoli fatalities on the centenary of their death during the campaign.

Topics: Digital, online resources, Gallipoli, Commemorations Audience: General, Descendants
Organised by: WW100 Programme Office

The South Canterbury WWOne Centenary Committee are holding a service to commemorate the battle for Hill 60 in Gallipoli at Timaru's Botanical Gardens on 23 August 2015.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Hill 60, Gallipoli Audience: General, Local residents, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Timaru

Thames-Coromandel District Council is developing a conservation plan for the Thames Monument, an early 1920s memorial which commemorates local soldiers who were lost in the First World War.

Topics: Monuments, Memorials, Heritage sites, Lottery Grant Recipients, Local history Audience: historians, architects, Researchers, Local residents, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Thames

The national ceremony to mark the centenary of the battle for Chunuk Bair during the 1915 Gallipoli Campaign will take place on 8 August 2015 at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Chunuk Bair, Commemorative events, Gallipoli Audience: General, Descendants, local visitors, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

This exhibition at St Michael's Church School Hall, Christchurch, on 24 October 2015 commemorates the centenary of the sinking of the Troopship Marquette, in which ten NZ nurses perished.

Topics: Social & Political History, nurses, Nursing history, Events, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General, Nurses, historians, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch

This year's New Zealand Post Kaumātua Kapa Haka – at Te Papa on 3-5 July 2015 – has a special focus to commemorate the centenary of the landing of the Maori Contingent at Gallipoli.

Topics: Events, Maori, dance, Songs, Kapa haka Audience: General, Descendants, local visitors, iwi, Tourists Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Graeme Wilson will review where New Zealand forces served in both World Wars and will show you how to access and interpret military records. At Waitakere Central Library, 9 June 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, family histories, Genealogy, Education, Events Audience: Families, Descendants, Genealogists Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

Come and listen to this informative and interesting presentation by Lieutenant Colonel Cliff Simons, PhD, at the Palmerston North Central Library on 25 June 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, Gallipoli, History, Education Audience: General, historians, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North

A 300 page publication listing all the fallen mentioned on memorials in the area.

Topics: Memorials, Publications, Local history Audience: Local residents, Descendants, historians, Teachers
Organised by: Sonia Edwards

A parade and dawn service to commemorate Anzac Day on this special anniversary. The service will be held outside the Upper Hutt Civic Centre, 25 April 2015.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Parades, Events, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, veterans, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Upper Hutt
Organised by: Upper Hutt City Council

Artist Connah Podmore facilitates two workshops in and around Eketahuna as part of a community-based Anzac commemorative project on 17 & 18 April 2015.

Topics: Family & Lifestyle, Events, Workshops, Art Audience: Descendants, General Located in: New Zealand, Eketahuna

The Pukekohe East Hall Committee extends an invitation to families of men and women who have gone off to war from the Pukekohe East district. Reflect, remember and share on 26 April 2015.

Topics: Commemorations, Families, Events, Local history, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Pukekohe

A Fields of Remembrance installation in the Botanic Gardens featuring 866 white crosses to commemorate the Wellingtonians who lost their lives during the war. Running from 10-28 April 2015.

Topics: Fields of Remembrance, Events, Wellington region, Commemorations, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

You can help grow the biggest poppy in the world for Anzac Day! Head to Auckland Domain between 16-24 April 2015, donate, and place a red metal petal with your personal message.

Topics: poppies, Events, Commemorations Audience: General, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Giant Poppy Project

Offering a free service to descendants where I lay a poppy or card at New Zealand memorials or ancestors' graves during a trip to Gallipoli around Anzac Day 2015.

Topics: Gallipoli, Memorials, Commemorations, Overseas Audience: family historians, Family history researchers, Descendants
Organised by: Damien Mostert

Family History Librarian Seonaid Lewis looks at the different types of First World War documents available for family research. At Titirangi Library, 22 April 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Historical records, Events, family histories Audience: family historians, historians, Genealogists, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Titirangi Library

The 2015 edition of Opera in the Pa will honour the brave men of the famous First World War Māori Pioneer Battalion. Held at Te Puia, in Rototua, on 21 March 2015.

Topics: Opera, Maori, Commemoration, Events Audience: General, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Rotorua

A special church service to commemorate the fallen New Zealand Chaplains to the Forces by those who follow in their footsteps. At Wellington's Cathedral of St Paul on 28 August 2015.

Topics: Commemorative events, Commemorations, Church, Events, Chaplains to the Forces Audience: military, historians, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Through new art works, the Cook Island creative community pay tribute to the 500 First World War soldiers who came from Rarotonga. At Auckland's Depot Artspace, 11 April-6 May 2015.

Topics: Social & Political History, Exhibitions, Events, Art, Rarotonga Audience: General, Artists, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Devonport

Come to a vigil at Wellington's Cathedral of St Paul on Friday 24 April 2015 to remember those who have died in war, and give thanks for those who served.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Church, Ceremonies, Religion, Events Audience: General, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Cathedral of St Paul

The WW100 website displayed the names of all those who departed with the Main Body and 1st Reinforcements from Wellington on 16 October 1914 around the centenary of the event.

A selection of the names displayed in one of the features
Topics: Digital, online resources, Departure of troops Audience: historians, General, family historians, Descendants, Community Groups
Organised by: WW100 Programme Office

Research into the men and women listed as "killed in action" during the First World War on war memorials in Upper Clutha, published into a book titled Courageous and Free in November 2016.

Topics: Memorials, Monuments, wanaka, Research, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General Public, School children, Descendants, historians, family historians Located in: New Zealand, Wanaka

Marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle for Chunuk Bair. 8 August 2015, New Zealand Memorial at Chunuk Bair, Gallipoli Historical National Park, Turkey.

Topics: Overseas, Ceremonies, International commemorations, Chunuk Bair Audience: local visitors, Descendants, General

To create a white cross with name/rank/serial number of every man and women from South Canterbury who died in the First World War.

Topics: Fields of Remembrance, RSA, Anzac Day 2015, Community contribution, Memorials Audience: Descendants, Families, Businesses, General Located in: New Zealand, Fairlie, New Zealand, Geraldine, New Zealand, Timaru, New Zealand, Waimate

On August 16th 2014 we will unveil a plaque commemorating the 8th (South Canterbury) Regiment of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles who left for the First World War exactly 100 years earlier.

Topics: Memorials, Events, New Zealand Mounted Rifles, Ceremonies, August 14 Audience: local visitors, Descendants, General Located in: New Zealand, Timaru

The personal album and autograph book of Sgt Charles Nelson who served as an infantryman in France and Belgium 1917 - 1918. Published with other information on a blog by his great grandson.

Topics: Personal projects, Websites, Digital, August 14 Audience: General, Descendants
Organised by: Brian Nelson

Creating a white crosses field of remembrance in Tokoroa.

Field of remembrance
Topics: RSA, Lottery Grant Recipients, Fields of Remembrance Audience: General, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Tokoroa

Exhibition at Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, featuring books, manuscripts, maps, photographs and ephemera from 1914-1918. 9 July-12 October 2014. Now archived online.

Topics: Exhibitions, Events, August 14 Audience: local visitors, Descendants, General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

First World War memorial plaque for a marae complex in Kennedy Bay, Coromandel.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Memorials, Facilities Audience: iwi, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Coromandel

Construction of crosses for a Hamilton field of remembrance.

Topics: Fields of Remembrance, RSA, Lottery Grant Recipients, Memorials, Facilities Audience: veterans, Descendants, local visitors, General Located in: New Zealand, Hamilton
Organised by: Hamilton RSA

This exhibition tells of a province at war and will trace the deep and lasting impact of the First World War on the region. Opens at New Plymouth's Puke Ariki 17 April 2015.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Events, Exhibitions, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, whanau, Descendants, Teachers, School students Located in: New Zealand, New Plymouth
Organised by: Puke Ariki

A three-week exhibition and installation project at Depot Artspace, focusing on the impact of the First World War on the Devonport community. Opens March 2015.

Topics: Exhibitions, Events, Lottery Grant Recipients, Community contribution Audience: General, local visitors, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand, Devonport
Organised by: The Depot Artspace

The Home Front aims to show what the soldiers left behind and what life was like in the Taupo District during the years of the First World War.

Topics: Events, Lottery Grant Recipients, Exhibitions, Community contribution, Online Cenotaph Audience: General, Descendants, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Mangakino, New Zealand, Taupo, New Zealand, Turangi

An invitation to members of the Taupo District community to digitally share your memorabilia relating to the First World War, or tell the story of how the First World War impacted your family.

Topics: Digital, Local history, Lottery Grant Recipients, Community contribution, Online Cenotaph Audience: General, Descendants, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Mangakino, New Zealand, Taupo, New Zealand, Turangi

Construction of a new memorial to New Zealand First World War Tunnellers in Waihi. Officially dedicated by the Governor-General on 22 January 2016.

Topics: Memorials, New Zealand Tunnelling Company, Lottery Grant Recipients, Western Front, NZEF Audience: local visitors, Teachers, School students, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Waihi
Organised by: Waihi Heritage Vision

Salute Wairoa creates a digital, multi-media, touch table record of First World War Wairoa stories, including rediscovered memories.

Topics: Digital, Lottery Grant Recipients, Exhibitions, RSA, Education Audience: local visitors, Students, Schools, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Wairoa

A service at Lyttelton commemorating the troopship embarkation (24 May 1914) of the Canterbury Infantry Regiment and Mounted Rifles to join the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. 24 September 2014.

Topics: RSA, Exhibitions, New Zealand Mounted Rifles, Events, Ceremonies Audience: Descendants, local visitors, General Located in: New Zealand, Lyttelton

Upgrading the Mt Roskill war memorial area in Auckland to add a Roll of Honour, make the parade ground larger and more accessible, and generally improve this important local landmark.

Topics: Memorials, Facilities, conservation, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: local visitors, General, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

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.

Topics: Photography, Community contribution, Events, Exhibitions, Anzac Day 2014 Audience: Families, Descendants, historians, local visitors Located in: Kerikeri
Organised by: Heritage New Zealand

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.

Topics: RSA, Anzac Day 2014, Ceremonies, Commemorations Audience: Descendants, Families, veterans, local visitors, General Located in: New Zealand, Hokitika
Organised by: Hokitika Westland RSA

Researching the lives of 100 men listed on five Wellington war memorials as "killed" during the First World War, on behalf of the Wellington Branch, New Zealand Society of Genealogists.

Aro valley war memorial
Topics: Memorials, Online Cenotaph, Research Audience: General, historians, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

The first Wairarapa volunteers left from Masterton on August 13 1914, an event that will be re-enacted 100 years later. Masterton Town Square, Masterton, 13 August 2014.

Topics: Events, Re-enactments, August 14 Audience: local visitors, Descendants, General Located in: New Zealand, Carterton, New Zealand, Featherston, New Zealand, Masterton, New Zealand, Palmerston North

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.

"Burial Party at Bellevue near Solesme" by George Butler, one of New Zealand's official war artists.
Topics: Events, Theatre, Performing Arts Audience: secondary students, General, Descendants, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North
Organised by: Centrepoint Theatre

An invitation to email me messages for placement on the graves of New Zealand casualties at five French cemeteries in the Somme and Nord departments in May 2015.

Topics: Personal projects, Community contribution, Overseas Audience: Descendants, General
Organised by: Alex Ballingall

Throughout the First World War Centenary, the University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services will add stories of its Collegians to a specially created website.

Topics: Digital, Online Cenotaph, August 14, Websites, Samoa Audience: General, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

A beautiful book and online publication to record the stories of the 32 Audit Department staff who served during the First World War. Launched August 2014.

Topics: Books, Personal stories, Community contribution, Publications Audience: Organisational staff, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

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.

North Otago memorial oaks
Topics: Memorials, Monuments, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General, local visitors, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Oamaru
Organised by: Memorial Oaks Committee

Restoring and improving the Queens Gardens (including the Cenotaph) in preparation for First World War commemorative events.

Dunedin cenotaph.
Topics: Memorials, Monuments, Lottery Grant Recipients, Facilities Audience: General, local visitors, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

Restoring the First World War memorial to Maori soldiers in Moutoa Gardens (Pakaitore) Historic Reserve.

Moutoa Gardens memorial (Photo: Janine Faulknor)
Topics: Memorials, Monuments, Lottery Grant Recipients, Facilities, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: local visitors, General, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Wanganui

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.

Members of the Pioneer Battalion performing a haka (H679)
Topics: Books, Maori, Lottery Grant Recipients, Anzac Day 2014, Publications Audience: Descendants, General, historians, iwi, whanau Located in: New Zealand, Hamilton
Organised by: The Tui Trust Board

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.

Topics: Events, Education, History Audience: Families, secondary students, veterans, historians, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

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.

Topics: Digital, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General, local visitors, Descendants, Students Located in: New Zealand, Bulls, New Zealand, Hunterville, New Zealand, Marton, New Zealand, Taihape

This September 2015 voyage – Athens to Istanbul – remembers New Zealand nurses lost on the Marquette and Australian nurses on Lemnos treating the casualties of the battles of August 1915.

Topics: Women in wartime, Medical care, Tours, Overseas Audience: Nurses, Descendants, historians

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. 

Topics: War Graves, Memorials, Digital, Lottery Grant Recipients, Publications Audience: General, Descendants, Families Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

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.

 

Topics: Research, Online Cenotaph, Local history Audience: Descendants, Family history researchers, historians Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch

Finding First World War rolls of honour in Point Chevalier, Avondale and New Lynn, researching the names, and those not included on honour boards within the areas, with view to publication.

Topics: Local history, Online Cenotaph, Research Audience: General, Descendants, Family history researchers Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

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.

Methven memorial.
Topics: Research, Digital, Events, Online Cenotaph Audience: General, Descendants, Family history researchers Located in: New Zealand, Methven

Quick March was the official monthly publication of the New Zealand Returned Soldiers' Association between 1918 and 1923. Auckland Libraries are digitising it to make it available online.

Topics: Digital, History, RSA Audience: General, historians, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Auckland Council

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

Publication of a local history book recording stories of soldiers listed on the new Te Puke First World War memorial. The book will be launched on Anzac Day 2014.

Topics: Memorials, Books, History, Anzac Day 2014, Publications Audience: General, local visitors, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Maketu, New Zealand, Ngawaro, New Zealand, Otamarakau, New Zealand, Paengaroa, New Zealand, Papamoa, New Zealand, Pongakawa, New Zealand, Te Puke

A Field of Remembrance will be established on Windsor Reserve in Devonport - initially for Armistice Day 2013, and subsequently for major commemorative activities.

Topics: Memorials, RSA, Fields of Remembrance, Community contribution Audience: General, local visitors, Descendants, veterans Located in: New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand, Devonport

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.

Topics: Community contribution, Photography, New Zealand Tunnelling Company, Western Front Audience: General, Descendants, historians

The North Otago First World War Roll of Honour has been professionally conserved to ensure that it is available for research use.

An image of the face plate in the Roll of Honour
Topics: Local history, conservation Audience: Descendants, Researchers, Family history researchers, local visitors, General Located in: New Zealand, Oamaru
Organised by: North Otago Museum

Discover how the First World War changed life for people in the Waitaki District in an exhibition at North Otago Museum, from 13 September 2014 and 29 March 2015.

Topics: Exhibitions, Local history, Personal stories, Homefront, Events Audience: General, Descendants, Families, Schools, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Oamaru
Organised by: North Otago Museum

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

An organisational history of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force covering its formation, initial structure, development and changes.

Detail from NZEF certificate of disharge and certificate of character.
Topics: Books, History, First World War Centenary History Programme, Publications Audience: General, historians, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

The redeveloped Cenotaph database, Online Cenotaph, includes a page about every New Zealand soldier who served in the First World War.

Topics: Websites, Community contribution, Digital, Online Cenotaph, Legacy projects Audience: Families, Researchers, Teachers, Students, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

An online resource telling a modern and accessible story about the New Zealand Division's role at the Western Front.

Topics: New Zealand Division, Websites, Digital Audience: Teachers, secondary students, Descendants, Tourists, Organisations
Organised by: newzealanddivision.org