Activities & Projects
World War One at Sea features the drama and tragedy of seafarers during the war, with a special emphasis on the sinking of the SS Otaki. At Ōtaki Museum from 10 March to 8 July 2017.
An animated film to be shown on Wellington Museum's unique vertically-formatted Tall Screen.
Recording and displaying Methven's First World War soldier stories in the Methven Heritage Centre during the centenary period.
A multi-media living history presentation telling the story of soldiers from the district that served at The Somme. Several performances at Motueka District Museum over 5-6 April 2016.
An exhibition illustrating the building of Kaitaia's First World War memorial and the later relocation. Held at Kiwi North Museum, Kaitaia, from 1 May - 1 July 2016.
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.
This display, drawn from Tairāwhiti Museum’s collections, reflects on children’s experiences of war. On display in Gisborne between 1 April - 19 June 2016.
This performance installation, set in the trenches in 1916, uses original music, puppetry, projection mapping, and live and virtual words. At Te Manawa, 27-28 February 2016.
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.
Four murals of the "Fields of Remembrance" banners have been externally mounted on a wall at the Ngaruawahia RSA to honour the men and women of Ngaurawahia who served in the First World War
A Marquette Angel is the latest From Tauranga to the Trenches exhibition, a mobile series commemorating the centenary of the First World War.
This exhibition at Dunedin's Otago Museum telling the story of three local nurses as they care for wounded soldiers during the Great War. Runs from 1 October 2015 - 31 January 2016.
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.
Explore the First World War battlefield recollections of former Otago Museum Director H D Skinner through objects and his own words. Exhibition runs from 7 August 2015 to 31 July 2016.
Join The Great War Exhibition and New Zealand Cricket Museum in Wellington as they commemorate Hāmi Grace and the centenary of the battle in which he died, Chunuk Bair, on 8 August 2015.
An exhibition celebrating the life of Joseph Gordon Coates, a war hero who became New Zealand's Prime Minister. At The Kauri Museum, Matakohe, from 17 October 2014 - 31 May 2016.
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.
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.
An exhibition at Masterton's Aratoi celebrating Norman Prior’s war record and highlighting the service of NZ medical staff during the First World War. Runs 14 August - 4 October 2015.
This exhibition at Wellington's Basin Reserve commemorates the men who were heroes on the cricket pitch before giving away the game to join the First World War. From 25 April - 25 July 2015.
A memorial artwork installation by renowned NZ artist Max Gimblett will adorn the architecture of St David’s Church on Khyber Pass Road in Auckland for three months from 24 April 2015.
An insight into the men and women from Plimmerton who served In the Eqypt/Dardanelles campaign. At Emerging Light Gallery, 24 April - 8 May 2015.
Te Awamutu Museum presents the powerful personal stories of seven Waikato-Maniapoto men who fought as soldiers in the First World War in 'Ake, Ake, Ake', from 25 April - 27 October 2015.
Telling the stories of Hawke’s Bay First World War participants in NZ and overseas. MTG Hawke's Bay's First World War exhibition opens in Napier on 18 April 2015.
All visitors to Auckland's Sky Tower are invited to take part in their special commemorative activities between 20 and 27 April 2015.
On 21 April 2015, come celebrate the launch of Palmerston North City Libraries' new website dedicated to the contributions our local community and beyond made to the First World War.
Join Peter Olsen on a bus tour of a selection of the more than 50 First World War memorials that dot the Manawatu landscape. Departing from Palmerston North on 26 April 2015.
An exhibition at Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History coinciding with the opening of Featherston Camp one hundred years ago. Opening 22 January 2016.
An exhibition of items from Tairāwhiti Museum's collection with relevance to the First World War and to the Gisborne-East Coast region. From 24 April - 14 June 2015.
For the first two weeks of the exhibition (18 April-1 May), the Great War Exhibition in Wellington is open until 11pm, offering a wider opportunity to be part of the commemoration.
In the lead up to commemorating Anzac Day 2015, an exhibition has been installed on the mezzanine floor of the Christchurch City Council Civic building. The exhibition runs from 2-30 March 2015.
This temporary exhibition at Broadgreen House, Nelson, looks at the effects of the First World War on the Langbein family, who occupied the house at the time. Runs from 4-26 April 2015.
Travel with Steam Incorporated on this Anzac Weekend excursion to the Central Plateau, hauled by the First World War memorial locomotive Ab608 “Passchendaele".
Discover more about Marlborough's role in the First World War at the Marlborough Provincial Museum and Archives, Blenheim, between 25 April and 3 May 2015.
The Great War Exhibition commemorates the very significant part that New Zealand played in the First World War. On now at Wellington's Dominion Museum Building.
This Nelson Provincial Museum exhibition presents stories of those from around Nelson who were involved in or affected by the Gallipoli campaign. From 25 April 2015 - 24 April 2016.
An exhibition of selected photographs of First World War memorials by Laurence Aberhart. Tauranga Art Gallery, 17 February - 10 May 2015.
Visitors to Rotorua Museum can reflect and to commemorate all those who have served their country with an early opening and programme of events this Anzac Day.
An exhibition at Paekakariki Station Museum that looks at local Paekakariki First World War soldiers and the Native Contingent. From 15 February to Anzac weekend.
An exhibition at the Central Hawkes Bay Settlers Museum in Waipawa tells the stories of some of the local soldiers who went to the First World War. Runs from 30 January - 30 April 2015.
An exhibition at Mount Maunganui's Classic Flyers Museum to honour local soldiers, their families and the community. Opens Anzac Day 2015 and runs till 23 May.
The planting of a series of forests around the Coromandel Peninsula commemorating major battles and all New Zealand soldiers who died in the First World War.
An exhibition of First World War records at the Archives New Zealand - Dunedin Office, from 24 September to 24 December 2014, accompanied by an online resource about Alexander Mee.
A publication which includes profiles of all men listed on the Rotorua First World War cenotaph and Arawa Soldiers' War Memorial in the Rotorua Government gardens.
For Us They Fell is an exhibition about the men and women of the Waikato during the First World War, at Hamilton's Waikato Museum from 25 April 2015 to 11 November 2018. Tours are available.
A commemoration of the lives and activities of soldiers and others who came from Stoke and who took part in the First World War. Ongoing from 12 October 2014 at Nelson's Isel House.
Come into Cambridge Museum between 7 November 2014 and 16 January 2015 to find out how the news of the Armistice was received in Cambridge in 1918.
On 16 October 2014 the first Ngā Tapuwae New Zealand First World War Trails sign will be unveiled on the Wellington waterfront.
The Heritage Story Map combines satellite photography of contemporary Wellington with images and stories from the First World War. View it on mobile or your browser.
This seminar will uncover the experiences of Cantabrians, both at home and overseas, during the First World War. At Christchurch'sAir Force Museum, 11 am 12 October.
A free talk at Christchurch's Air Force Museum at 2 pm on 12 October looks at the connections between horses, bicycles, the Canterbury region and the First World War.
On Saturday 27 September 2014, there is a wreath laying ceremony and public walk-through of the new 'Arras Tunnel'. National War Memorial, Buckle Street, Wellington.
Author Philippa Werry talks about Anzac Day and her recent visit to Gallipoli. Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library, Wellington. 2 October 2014.
Helen Vail talks about her blog project to visit 100 New Zealand memorials and tell stories of the fallen. Waitakere Central Library, Auckland. 14 October 2014. Free.
A programme of European films set against the events of the First World War. Auckland War Memorial Museum. 8-12 October 2014.
A day of steam train action featuring Ab 608 "Passchendaele" from Wellington at Glenbrook Vintage Railway, Auckland. 27 October 2014.
An exhibition telling the story of how the war affected those living in Motueka and surrounding district. Motueka District Museum, Motueka. 23 Oct 2014-1 May 2015.
A sculptural work in memorial to the grievous losses of the First World War and a reflection on the idea of 'victory' in war. Exhibiting in New Zealand and Europe.
A programme of four masterful European films set against the events of the First World War. Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, 1-4 October 2014. Free.
Create crocheted poppies at Rotorua Museum for the First World War centenary. Rotorua Museum, Rotorua. 25 October-27 October 2014.
A family programme focused on experiencing the war at the home front. Papatoetoe Library, Auckland. 7 October 2014.
As part of 'The Great War Lecture Series', Dr Nathalie Philippe from The University of Waikato, talks about the liberation of Le Quesnoy. Waikato Museum, Hamilton. 4 October 2014.
Honouring the Anzacs through large military displays, memorabilia, film, Anzac memories and more. Rotorua A & P Lifestyle Expo, 24-25 January 2015.
A window into the homefront during the First World War, showing the reaction of local communities in the Manawatu-Wanganui Region. Archives Central, Feilding, 16 September 2014-28 November 2014.
Family history experts cover the experiences of New Zealanders and Australians who fought the Ottoman Empire across the Middle East. Central City Library, Auckland, 30 September 2014.
An excursion with the First World War Memorial locomotive Ab608 “Passchendaele”. Frankton Railway Station, Hamilton, 26 October 2014.
A narrated concert by Leys Orchestra recalling the patriotic music of a century ago that roused brave men sent overseas and comforted those at home. Freemans Bay Community Hall, 28 September 2014
Official New Zealand Army Artist, Matt Gauldie, talks about his role of capturing on canvas the New Zealand Defence Force. Expressions Art Centre, 21 September 2014.
Professor Barbara Brookes, History and Art History, University of Otago, gives insight into New Zealand women's contribution to the First World War. Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 30 August 2014
An exhibition reflecting on the unimaginable physical destruction caused by the First World War. Opens 15 August 2014, Te Papa.
Professor Barbara Brookes, University of Otago, will give insight into New Zealand women's contribution to the First World War. Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 30 August 2014
Discover the service and sacrifice of Bertie Huon, Victor Harkess, Sister Nona Mildred Hildyard and Walter David Lester at Lyttelton Museum. 14-31 August 2014.
Marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle for Chunuk Bair. 8 August 2015, New Zealand Memorial at Chunuk Bair, Gallipoli Historical National Park, Turkey.
First World War Commemorative Exhibition at Waiheke Community Art Gallery opens Friday 21 November 2014 at 6pm and continues to Monday 15 December 2014.
Marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. 15 September 2016, Longueval, France.
Marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Messines. 7 June 2017, New Zealand Memorial, Mesen, Belgium.
Marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele. 12 October 2017, Ypres, Belgium.
Marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba. 31 October 2017, Beersheba (Be’er Sheva), Israel.
Marking the 100th anniversay of the Liberation of Le Quesnoy. 4 November 2018, Le Quesnoy, France.
A walk and talk around Toitu Otago Settlers Museum's 'Great War' exhibition. 10 August 2014, 2 pm. 7 September 2014, 2 pm.
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.
A centenary dinner at the Kaiwaka Sports Complex, 16 August 2014, 6.30pm.
A ‘pop-up’ exhibition featuring our local boys who fought for us. The free-standing prototypes will then be placed in railway stations in the region. 8 August 2014-8 September 2014.
A talk by Neil Frances (Wairarapa Archive) about the First World War exhibition in Aratoi - Wairarapa Museum of Art and History's foyer. 9 August 2014.
A concert of jazz songs from the First World War and beyond. Aratoi - Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, Masterton. 10-11 October 2014.
A group of fringe outsider artists have taken it upon themselves to declare war on war. Exhibition at Thievery Studio, Auckland, 28 July 2014.
Music from the First World War and beyond with Christchurch Singer/songwriter June Burney & guest artists. Northcity Church, Christchurch City, 4 August 2014.
An exhibition of selected photographs of First World War memorials by Laurence Aberhart in his home town. Russell Museum, Russell. 16 July 2014-1 August 2014.
Curator of Great War Stories, Chris Rapley, will give a floortalk on the 'Great War Stories' exhibition at Rotorua Museum on Sunday 20 July 2014 at 2pm.
Jock Phillips, historian, investigates the sculptors who worked on the First World War memorials in Aberhart's photographs. Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 20 July 2014.
A web page featuring First World War stories from the Top of the South, contributed by the community and commissioned by the Prow. New stories will be added through the commemoration.
A display from the Nelson Provincial Museum showing photographs and images of collection objects related to the involvement of regional men and women who served in the First World War.
An exhibition exploring the South Canterbury community on the eve of war and it's immediate reaction to the outbreak. South Canterbury Museum, Timaru, 5 August-28 October 2014.
Arahoe School unveiled their First World War commemorative artwork at a dawn ceremony on Monday 28th July 2014.
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.
Relocation and conservation of a First World War Tapawera Camp hut.
Exhibition of First World War memorabilia, and a biography project for schools to research an ancestor or someone from the district who served in the First World War.
Travelling exhibition from the National Army Museum - 'Heartlanders of World War One' - about New Zealanders on the Western Front.
The Otago Settlers Association in conjunction with Toitū Otago Settlers Museum are producing a documentary following the journey of the Otago Infantry Regiment and Mounted Rifles 1914-1919.
Restoration of First World War memorials throughout the Rangitikei District.
The planning and erection of the statue of a young Mackenzie soldier as he stood on the Fairlie Railway Station, preparing to go to war, back in 1914. Unveiled 16 October 2014.
Creating mini video-documentaries featuring local people singing or reading pieces that recall the First World War, along with interpretive panels.
Construction of crosses for a Hamilton field of remembrance.
Restoring the Gore war memorial.
A museum and research centre commemorating Rannerdale and Canterbury's First World War stories, archives, and research facilities.
An exhibition at Akaroa Museum marking the beginning of the First World War and tracing the contributions of men and women from Banks Peninsula. 8 August-30 November, 2014.
Five Auckland schools work with the Navy Museum to create artworks exploring the New Zealand home front during the First World War.
Marking 100 years since Otago and Southland troops first left from Dunedin for the theatre of war, with an Embarkation Day re-enactment march through Dunedin to where the troopships were.
Raglan Museum's exhibition 'Raglan Remembers World War 1' tells the stories of 154 Raglan soldiers with interviews of descendants reading letters and diaries from the battlefields.
Commemorating the First World War centenary with an emotive 8-screen video installation by French filmmaker Chris Marker, Owls at Noon Prelude: The Hollow Men (2005). 21 June-7 September 2014.
A memorial at the Wellington Quarry Museum in Arras, France, to recognise the work of 500 New Zealand tunnellers in the Arras quarries 1916-17, and the people of Arras who kept their graves.
Reinstating the Cenotaph as the focal point of the ceremonial space along Lambton Quay, Bowen Street and Parliamentary Grounds in Wellington.
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.
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.
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.
Construction of a new memorial to New Zealand First World War Tunnellers in Waihi. Officially dedicated by the Governor-General on 22 January 2016.
An exhibition at Lakes District Museum & Gallery about Wakatipu people in the First World War - from those who eagerly enlisted, to those who baked, knitted and raised funds for others overseas.
As part of headland Sculpture on the Gulf 2015 (23 January-15 February 2015), a unique commemorative sculpture will be unveiled and gifted to the Waiheke community for the First World War centenary.
The Graduate Choir NZ, under its conductor Terence Maskell, presents a programme of choral music in the Auckland War Memorial Museum's Sanctuary on 4 August 2014 at 7.30 pm.
Salute Wairoa creates a digital, multi-media, touch table record of First World War Wairoa stories, including rediscovered memories.
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.
Restoration and conservation of Paraparaumu and Ōtaki war memorials.
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.
Collecting the stories, photos and documents of Waipu people who served in the First World War and building a village exhibition. Opens August 2014.
An ongoing static display consisting of the First World War soldiers and nurses from the Kaipatiki community and their role in the theatre of war.
The 2014 Auckland Heritage Festival focuses on First World War commemorations. Visit a First World War site, walk a trail or join an event. 27 September-12 October 2014.
A silent slideshow (inspired by the Berry photographic plates) of formal portraits taken of servicemen before they headed off to the unknown trials of war.
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.
A photographic display collated of all servicemen and women who served in the First World War from the Maniototo County, Central Otago.
Restoration to main line running condition of First World War memorial locomotive AB608 "Passchendaele".
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 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.
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 military vehicles display, including carrying First World War Waihi Tunnellers names and the Waihi Tunnellers emblem down into the minefield. 19 April 2014.
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.
An exhibition at Papakura Museum on the more than 10,000 horses that accompanied our soldiers to the battlefields of the First World War. August-October 2014.
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.
Displays of written material, photos and artefacts relating to Prebbleton, Canterbury, and its contribution to the First World War.
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.
Canterbury 100 is a collaboration co-ordinated by the region’s major cultural and heritage institutions, telling the story and experiences of Canterbury people during the First World War.
Commemorating the centenary of the First World War with works by Ravel and Vaughan Williams which evoke feelings of pain and loss, as well as peace. 29 March 2014, Dunedin Town Hall.
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.
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. April 2014.
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.
An exhibition exploring an archive of printed souvenirs donated to the Dunedin Public Library after the First World War. July-September 2014.
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.
Ferrymead Heritage Park is working closely with MAG (Military Adventure Group) to plan a large-scale military display to commemorate the First World War centenary.
Anzac Day commemorations in Geraldine, April 25-26 2014.
Developing a website and downloadable mobile application, and constructing a monument (unveiled April 2014) commemorating a First World War soldier from New Zealand.
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.
Restoring and improving the Queens Gardens (including the Cenotaph) in preparation for First World War commemorative events.
Field of Remembrance commemorative activities prior to Anzac Day in 2014.
Te Papa is combining the worlds of movies, model-making and museums to take visitors on a journey back to Gallipoli. This exhibition, developed in partnership with Weta Workshop, opens 18 April 2015.
Free public aviation show of First World War planes with commentary and land-based displays.
An exhibition at Expressions telling the story of the First World War military training camp, which turned civilians into fighting men. 16 August-3 October 2014.
An interpretive display to commemorate First World War casualties, and the war’s impact on the Western Southland District.
Restoring the First World War memorial to Maori soldiers in Moutoa Gardens (Pakaitore) Historic Reserve.
An exhibition at the Central Hawkes Bay Settlers Museum in Waipawa, telling stories of some of the local soldiers who went to the First World War. 3 August 2014 - 26 January 2015.
A riverside garden in memory of military personnel killed in the First World War, focusing on Hamilton city's connection with the Belgian town of Ieper (Ypres).
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.
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.
Activities for the Whanganui area include a major exhibition, digitisation of community held records, a newsletter, art exhibitions and memorials photography.
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.
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.
An interactive living history experience of trench warfare & life in war time at Founders Heritage Park, Nelson. Anzac weekend 2014.
An exhibition commemorating the centenary of the First World War through the memories and stories of Northlanders. Kiwi North Museum, Whangarei, from April 2014 through to November 2018.
An exhibition of 60 watercolours, prints and sketches by NZ servicemen and official war artists with 250 contemporary watercolours by members of Watercolour New Zealand. Opens 18 April 2015.
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.
Creating an "Avenue of Remembrance" with a tree for each local fallen First World War soldier, grown from the seeds of the Gallipoli Oak Tree planted in the centre of Christchurch.
A Field of Remembrance will be established on Windsor Reserve in Devonport - initially for Armistice Day 2013, and subsequently for major commemorative activities.
The North Otago First World War Roll of Honour has been professionally conserved to ensure that it is available for research use.
Mid-morning civic Anzac Day service at Takapau to commemorate the 1914 Divisional Camp, 25 April 2014.
This exhibition at Rotorua Museum tells some of the many powerful stories from the First World War through objects and memories contributed by the Rotorua community. 2 July 2014-2 November 2014.
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.
An annual 2-day event in Cambridge to commemorate the November Armistice. On 8-9 November, see famous battle re-enactments, restored military vehicles, an airshow and more. Event from Eventfinda.
Restoring the Kaitaia First World War memorial for the centenary commemorations.
Join the Friends of Bess to remember New Zealand horses who served in the First World War.
The Government created Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington to acknowledge the centenary of the First World War. Opened 18 April 2015.