NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

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Get a sense for life during the First World War at Anzac in Action 2018. Rangitata Island Aerodrome, Geraldine, 21-22 Apr 2018.

Topics: Family Entertainment Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Geraldine

An exhibition of the work of renowned architect Samuel Hurst Seager, designer of NZ’s First World War battlefield memorials at University of Canterbury, Christchurch, 15 Aug - 4 Sept 2017.

Topics: Social & Political History, Exhibitions Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch
Organised by: University of Canterbury

An opportunity to explore one fascinating aspect of the 'Gallipoli: The scale of our war' exhibition in detail with a free tour. Te Papa, Wellington. 21 August - 1 September 2017.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Category: Tours or trails
Organised by: Te Papa

A ceremony to mark the Battle of Passchendaele where 842 New Zealanders died in a single day. Sheffield Domain, Sheffield, Selwyn. 12 October 2017, 2pm.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Passchendaele Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Springfield
Organised by: Sheffield Domain

An Awfully Big Adventure transports audiences to the First World War to interrogate the impact it had on New Zealanders. Civic Theatre, Invercargill, 31 August 2017, 6pm.

Topics: Theatre, Family & Lifestyle Audience: general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Invercargill
Organised by: Civic Theatre

Four Tauranga men died at Passchendaele – Albert Wasley, Sydney Carl Jordan, Walter Cunningham and Cecil Guinness. This exhibition tells their story. Phoenix Car Park, Mt Maunganui.

Topics: Passchendaele, Exhibitions Audience: general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Mt Maunganui
Organised by: WW100 Tauranga

Explore the story of Charles Southey, who was awarded the military medal for bravery following the Battle of Passchendaele. Tauranga City Library, 29 September 2017, 9:30am – 5:00pm

Topics: Social & Political History, Passchendaele Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Tauranga
Organised by: WW100 Tauranga

Historian and author Damien Fenton will explore the Battle of Passchendaele in a talk at Tauranga Boys College, Tauranga, 28 September 2017, 6:30pm

Topics: public talks, Passchendaele Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Tauranga
Organised by: WW100 Tauranga

An afternoon tea for descendants of First World War veterans to remember those who served in the Battle of Passchendaele. Mt Maunganui RSA, Mt Maunganui, 8 October 2017, 2 p.m.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Passchendaele Audience: general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Mt Maunganui
Organised by: Mt Maunganui RSA

A presentation on the work involved to complete the biographies of more than fifty people who died in the 1918 influenza pandemic. Karori Recreation Centre, Wellington, 13 August 2017, 2 p.m.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Influenza Audience: general audiences Located in: Wellington
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A working bee to tidy the graves of some of the 650 people buried at Karori Cementery who died in the 1918 influenza outbreak. Karori Cemetery, Wellington, 12 November 2017, 2 p.m.

Topics: Restoration projects Audience: general audiences, wellington Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Category: Other
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Hear about the personal treasures that soldiers and their loved ones cherished during the First World War in a talk by Te Papa curator Kirstie Ross. Te Papa, Wellington, 24 August 2017, 11:15am.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours Audience: general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Te Papa

Discover the amazing stories of two courageous New Zealand nurses in the First World War. The final of three talks by curator Kirstie Ross. Te Papa, Wellington, 30 August 2017, 11:15am.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours Audience: general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Te Papa

New Zealand Defence Force historian John Crawford to present a talk to the Marlborough Historical Society on the Battle of Passchendaele. Marlborough Convention Centre, Blenheim, 24 September 2017.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, historical interest, Passchendaele Audience: general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Blenheim

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

An Armistice Day parade will be held at the Blenheim War Memorial, Blenheim, 11 November 2017, 11am.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies Audience: general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Blenheim
Organised by: Blenheim War Memorial

Mesut Uyar from the University of New South Wales will speak on The August Offensive and the Ottomans: A Faceless Army at the Distinction Hotel, Palmerston North, 8 August 2017, 5:30p.m.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours Audience: general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North
Organised by: Massey University

Creating a New Zealand memorial and garden at the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 in Zonnebeke, Belgium, to coincide with the Battle of Passchendaele centenary in October 2017.

Topics: Memorials and Monuments, Passchendaele, Belgium Audience: general audiences
Organised by: Passchendaele Society

Gillian Headifen will explore the Turnbull Library holdings on the Battle of Messines. National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, 20 June 2017, 12:10pm.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Messines Audience: general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Colonel Colin Richardson will explore the background and execution of the Battle of Messines. Palmerston North Central Library, 7 June 2017 at 6:30pm.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Messines Audience: general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North

Seán Brosnahan, from Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, will speak about the Otago unit's role in the Battle of Messines. Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin, 13 June 2017 at 10am. 

Topics: Messines, Otago, Public Talks & Tours Audience: general audiences, otago Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

South Wairarapa District Council, Featherston Memorial RSA and the wider community are commemorating the centenary of the Battle of Messines on 7 June 2017 at 1pm.

Topics: Messines, Commemorations, Ceremonies Audience: general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Featherston

An opera exploring the story of Archibald Baxter and thirteen other conscientious objectors who were forcibly sent to the Western Front. Mayfair Theatre, Dunedin, 22–29 July 2017.

Topics: Opera, Concientious objectors, Performing Arts Audience: general audiences, otago Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin
Organised by: Mayfair Theatre

A commemorative service marking the centenary of the Battle of Messines will be held at Auckland War Memorial Museum, Wednesday 7 June 2017 at 11am.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Auckland, Messines Audience: general audiences, Auckland public Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Auckland Council

‘Balls, Bullets & Boots – from rugby field to battlefield’ is a unique exhibition tackling the story of wartime rugby. Papakura Museum, Auckland, 6 June – 22 July 2017.

Topics: Museums, rugby, Sport Audience: general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Papakura Museum

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. 24–25 June 2017.

Topics: Museums, Maori, Public Talks & Tours Audience: general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Category: Tours or trails
Organised by: The Great War Exhibition

A concert of music and readings in commemoration of the battles of the Western Front during the First World War. St Matthew's Anglican Church, Hastings, 17 June 2017.

Topics: Classical Music, Musical performance Audience: general audiences Located in: Hastings

Nelson RSA have established a First World War Memorial at Marsden Valley Cemetery, Nelson.

Topics: Memorials and Monuments, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: Nelson RSA

Make your own ‘Flower of War’ and you could inspire the creation of a new work for the Flowers of War wreath. Canterbury Museum, Christchurch, 3 June - 5 June 2017.

Topics: Craft & Object Art, Exhibitions Audience: general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch
Organised by: Canterbury Museum