NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

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New Zealand's tunnellers are the focus of the Pick and Shovel Men exhibition at Masonic Park, Tauranga, from 20 April to 20 May 2017. Part of the From Tauranga to the Trenches exhibition series.

Topics: WW1, Tunnellers, Arras, Graffiti, Soldiers Audience: Students, Teachers, General Public Located in: New Zealand, Tauranga

A conference organised by the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies and the Labour History Project to be held at Rutherford House, Wellington, 31 Aug-2 Sep 2017.

Topics: Conference, Education, Events Audience: General, historians, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Rutherford House

Screenings of the Gallipoli animated film "25 April" at Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision in Wellington from 19-29 April 2017.

Topics: Film, Gallipoli, Anzac Day 2017, Events Audience: General, Students, children Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Screenings of "For King & Country: New Zealand's First World War on Film" at Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision in Wellington from 22 to 27 April 2017.

Topics: Film, Anzac Day 2017, Events Audience: General, Students, historians, Film lovers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

The Somme: From Tauranga to the Trenches is the latest First World War exhibition from the Tauranga Heritage Collection. It reveals the connection Tauranga has to "that terrible battle".

Topics: WW1, Somme, Tauranga, Exhbition Audience: Students, Public Located in: New Zealand, Tauranga

Te Hokowhitu a Tu - Maori Pioneers is an exhibit that commemorates the exploits of the Maori Battalion during the First World War.

Topics: Maori, exhibition, Mobile Audience: Maori, Students, General Public Located in: New Zealand, Tauranga

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

Published for the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, a major First World War history told for the first time from the British and German perspectives.

Topics: History, Military, Somme, Books Audience: Teachers, Students, military, historians
Organised by:

Focusing on life ‘at home’ during the First World War, the Home Front exhibition explores how events half a world away shaped lives at home. From 26 February - 13 November 2016.

Topics: Events, Home front, Exhibitions Audience: General, Tourists, historians, Students Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

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

Sonic Wells for Gallipoli is an art project which symbolises the special relationship of mutual respect between New Zealand, Australia and Turkey. Live all day from 23 April to 22 July 2016.

Topics: Art, Gallipoli, Overseas Audience: General, Local residents, Arts appreciators, Students Located in: New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Wellington
Category: Other
Organised by: Allan Giddy

Women of Empire 1914-1918 draws on the personal experiences of New Zealand women during the First World War. Join an exhibition floor talk at The Nelson Provincial Museum on 1 February 2016.

Topics: Exhibitions, Events, Women in wartime, women, Public Talks & Tours Audience: General, historians, Women, Students Located in: New Zealand, Nelson

A yearlong project completed as part of Outram School’s Allen Centre extension programme had students creating a precise three-dimensional diorama of the Anzac Cove landscape throughout 2015.

Topics: Schools, Gallipoli, Dioramas Audience: Students, Teachers, primary schools Located in: New Zealand, Mosgiel

Gallipoli, From Tauranga to the Trenches is the second exhibition from the Tauranga Heritage Collection commemorating the First World War.

Topics: Exhibitions, Events, History, Local history, Gallipoli Audience: General, Local residents, Teachers, Students Located in: Tauranga, Te Puke

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

An illustrated presentation looking at the experiences of the hundreds of thousands of Germany's First World War prisoners of war, at Auckland's Central City Library, 4 November 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Germany, History, Events Audience: Genealogists, historians, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Auckland Libraries

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

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.

Topics: Museums, Exhibitions, Events, nurses, Women in wartime Audience: General, historians, Students, Local residents, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin
Organised by: Otago Museum

The Great War Exhibition hosts Belgian historian Charlotte Descamps, who will speak about the 'iron harvests' of First World War debris. Held in Wellington on 30 September 2015.

Topics: Museums, Events, Public Talks & Tours, Belgium Audience: General, historians, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: The Great War Exhibition

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

How did the First World War redraw the world map? Visiting historian Dr Jörn Leonhard brings a global perspective to University of Auckland's centennial commemorations on 28 August 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Germany, Events, History Audience: historians, Students Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

How did the First World War redraw the world map? Visiting historian Dr Jörn Leonhard brings a global perspective to Te Papa’s centennial commemorations on 27 August 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, Germany, History Audience: historians, Students, social historians Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A play based on the prolific First World War fundraiser Helena Barnard, performed by St Mary's Diocesan School students. At The Castle, Stratford, from 11-13 August 2015.

Topics: Theatre, Local history, Fundraising, Performing Arts, Women in wartime Audience: General, Students, theatre goers Located in: New Zealand, Stratford

An interactive and multi-sensory exhibition commemorating the First World War.  The exhibit will be mobile with capacity to be transported throughout the Western Bay of Plenty sub region.

Topics: Exhibitions, Education, History, Homefront, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: Youth, Schools, veterans, General, Students

Join the Garden Place Library in Hamilton for a series of talks on various aspects of the Home Front in the Waikato during the First World War, between 6 August and 10 September 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, History, Education, Local history Audience: General, historians, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Hamilton
Organised by: Hamilton City Libraries

The Minister of Veterans' Affairs, Hon. Craig Foss is sponsoring a competition for year 13 students attending a secondary school in New Zealand.

Topics: Passchendaele, Competitions, Schools Audience: Students, School students
Organised by:

Dr Fenton will discuss the history of the First World War using imagery from his book, at TSB Theatre in New Plymouth on 29 August 2015 as part of the Taranaki International Arts Festival.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, History Audience: General, historians, Students Located in: New Zealand, New Plymouth

Window Into WW1 is about showcasing and preserving the First World War heritage of the Manawatu through digitisation and online exhibitions.

Topics: Digitisation, preservation, History, Photographs, Heritage resources Audience: Teachers, historians, Community Groups, Students, Families Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North

In this talk on 20 August 2015, three National Library staff members talk about the some of the acquaintances they have made in the course of their research on the First World War.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, Research, public talks Audience: General, historians, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A lecture about George von Zedlitz, whose tenure at Victoria University was greatly affected by xenophobia during the First World War. Part of the Capital 150 celebrations, 11 am 25 July 2015.

Topics: Events, Public Talks & Tours, Germany, History Audience: General, historians, academics, Students 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

Join an Auckland Museum Human History Educator as they shares stories of the soldier experience at Gallipoli, as told through some amazing Museum collection objects. Through July 2015.

Topics: Museums, Public Talks & Tours, Events, Education Audience: Students, children Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

At Napier's MTG on 5 July 2015, Professor Kay Morris Matthews will be discussing her research into woman in the First World War, with a focus on women from the East Coast and Hawke's Bay.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, Women in wartime, women, Regional history Audience: General, historians, Students, Women's studies students Located in: New Zealand, Napier
Organised by: MTG Hawke's Bay

An illustrated talk by Professor Jean Anderson on a series of French 'patriotic' short books from between 1917-1920. At National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, 9 July 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, France, Publications, war literature Audience: historians, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

An exhibition at Papakura Museum featuring a collection of postcards, letters and diaries written to and from New Zealanders in the First World War. From 29 May - 30 November 2015.

Topics: Museums, Exhibitions, Events, letters, diaries Audience: General, Students, historians Located in: New Zealand, Papakura
Organised by: Papakura Museum

Discover the diverse stories and perspectives of indigenous and Pacific peoples during the First World War in this panel discussion at Auckland War Memorial Museum on 23 June 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, History, Pacific Cultures, Aboriginal Australians Audience: General, historians, Students Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

To coincide with the First World War centenary commemorations, The Foundation for Peace Studies Aotearoa/NZ hosts a peace conference at AUT Auckland on 19-20 September 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Conferences, Events, peace Audience: General, academics, historians, Students Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

Students and teachers from five schools will present projects created as part of the French/NZ Shared Histories programme at Wellington's National Library on 12 June 2015.

Topics: Education, Schools, France, Events Audience: School students, Students, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A free history talk on 'The Dominion’s “Hun Question” - Enemy aliens and the New Zealand experience during the Great War' at Wellington's: ASB House, 3 June 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, History, Education, Events, Germany Audience: historians, General, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Why is the Gallipoli Campaign so dear to New Zealand and Australia? A panel of historians discuss what’s real and what’s myth at Te Papa on 17 May 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Gallipoli, Events, History, Education Audience: General, historians, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Te Papa

'The Frontline Gazette' is a unique theatrical performance by Birkenhead College students, taking place at the New Zealand Maritime Museum, Auckland, 23-24 May 2015.

Topics: Theatre, Theatrical performances, Events, Plays Audience: General, Students Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

A unique theatre experience at Birkenhead College from 6-9 May 2015, where audiences will be moved between a variety of scenes that form the world of the war era.

Topics: Theatre, Theatrical performances, Events, Plays Audience: General, Students Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Birkenhead College

Part three in a three-part public lecture series commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War. This lecture on Shakespeare in war is at Te Awamutu RSA on 16 May 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Education, Events Audience: General, historians, Students Located in: New Zealand, Te Awamutu

In the lead up to commemorating Anzac Day 2015, staff from the Christchurch City Libraries have developed 'The New Brighton Boys' display. At New Brighton Library from 22 April - 31 May 2015.

Topics: Exhibitions, Local history, Libraries, Events Audience: General, Local residents, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch

Part two in a three-part public lecture series commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War. This lecture on the liberation of Le Quesnoy is at Te Awamutu RSA on 9 May 2015.

Topics: Events, Education, France, History, Public Talks & Tours Audience: General, historians, Students Located in: New Zealand, Te Awamutu

Part one in a three-part public lecture series commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War. This lecture on poetry, protest, and war is at Te Awamutu RSA on 2 May 2015.

Topics: Education, Public Talks & Tours, Events Audience: General, Students, historians Located in: New Zealand, Te Awamutu

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.

Topics: online resources, Events, Local history Audience: local visitors, General, historians, Students, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North
Category: Other

The UCSA will be hosting an Anzac Day service on the University of Canterbury campus to enable the university community to join together to honour all of those who have served in warfare.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Anzac Day 2015, Events, Canterbury Audience: Students Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch

Ilona Rodgers and Cathie Harrop and musicians, bring to towns around the country the stories and music of New Zealand women at home and abroad during the First World War.

Topics: Performances, Archival research, social history, Events Audience: communities, Teachers, Students, historians, Families Located in: New Zealand, Hamilton

A special commemoration service for our community run by students and staff on Friday 24th April at 9:30am.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Anzac Day 2015, Events Audience: Teachers, Students, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Whakatane
Organised by: Otakiri School

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.

Topics: Museums, Exhibitions, Events, Local history, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: local visitors, General, Students, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Blenheim

Rotunda features the beautiful collision of a live brass band with the raw power of contemporary dance, timed to honour the Gallipoli landings in 1915, performed by The New Zealand Dance Company.

Topics: dance, Performing Arts, Events Audience: Teachers, Artists, General, Students Located in: New Zealand, Australia, Auckland, New Zealand, Australia, Christchurch, New Zealand, Australia, Dunedin, New Zealand, Australia, Tauranga, New Zealand, Australia, Wellington

Inspired by a trooper's diary, this multi media production was put together by students and staff of Kapiti College. Performance at Paraparaumu's Southward Theatre, 22 April 2015.

Topics: Variety Concerts, Performing Arts, Events Audience: Students, Families, General Located in: New Zealand, Paraparaumu
Organised by: Kapiti College

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.

Topics: Museums, Exhibitions, History, Education, Events Audience: General, Students, Teachers, local visitors, Tourists Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by:

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.

Topics: Social & Political History, Exhibitions, Events, Gallipoli, Local history Audience: General, local visitors, historians, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Nelson

An exhibition of selected photographs of First World War memorials by Laurence Aberhart. Tauranga Art Gallery,  17 February - 10 May 2015.

Topics: Photography, Memorials, Art, Events Audience: General, Students, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Tauranga
Organised by: Tauranga Art Gallery

Speakers from a variety of left groups will create a discourse on the theme of war and peace at the 17 Tory Street Art Space, Wellington, on 25 February 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, peace, politics Audience: Activists, Students, General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: The Freedom Shop

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.

Topics: Exhibitions, Social & Political History, Events, Local history Audience: General, historians, local visitors, Students Located in: New Zealand, Waipawa

Three exhibitions at the National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, which present a personal picture of what it is like to be involved in conflict. Running from 30 January - 3 October 2015.

Topics: Social & Political History, Exhibitions, Events, Personal experiences Audience: General, historians, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

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.

Topics: Exhibitions, Events, aviation, Local history, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, local visitors, Families, Students Located in: New Zealand, Mt Maunganui
Organised by: Classic Flyers Museum

This project is part of the Peace Poppy Project aimed to engage as many people from our community as possible, to share stories of remembrance and how we can retain peace for now and into the future

Topics: poppies, public event, Art, craft, Events Audience: Students, Families, young people, older people Located in: New Zealand, Orewa
Organised by: Estuary Arts Centre

Palmerston North's Community Arts invites you to take part in its Anzac reflections of life at home during 1914 to 1918. At Square Edge from Friday 24 April to Monday 11 May.

Topics: Home front, community participation, Community contribution, Events, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, School children, School students, Students, Families Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North
Category: Other
Organised by: Community Arts

A play that transports audiences aged 8-14 back to the First World War. Playing in Wellington on 20 and 21 March 2015 as part of the Capital E National Arts Festival.

Topics: Theatre, Education, Events, Performing Arts Audience: School students, Students, Teachers, Families, Schools Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Capital E

From Tauranga to the Trenches mobile exhibition uses interactive technology and visual displays to tell the stories of local men who were involved in the First World War.

Topics: exhibition, Tauranga, Events Audience: Students, Teachers, young, old, RSA Located in: New Zealand, Tauranga

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.

Topics: Events, Exhibitions, Lottery Grant Recipients, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, local visitors, Students, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Hamilton
Organised by: Waikato Museum

The universal story of every New Zealand solider and their preparation for battle. Exhibition at the National Army Museum from  7 November 2014 until February 2015.

Topics: Museums, world war 1 soldiers, Personal stories, Military camps, Events Audience: veterans, Individuals / Families, returned service veterans, Students, historians Located in: New Zealand, Waiouru
Organised by: National Army Museum

A 2015 Diploma of Goldsmithing & Jewellery student project to design and make a medal with both face and obverse face commemorating New Zealand’s First World War Centenary.

Topics: Medals, Design, Education Audience: Students Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

A well written and beautifully researched edited collection examining the theme of endurance and the First World War in New Zealand and Australia.

Detail from book cover for Endurance and the First World War
Topics: History, Books, Publications Audience: General, Students, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch

The New Zealand Book Council, with support from Victoria University of Wellington, will explore the legacy of First World War literature. Tuesdays, 26 August 2014-9 September 2014.

Topics: Books, Public talks and tours, Events Audience: Students, Teachers, General Located in: Wellington

To raise awareness of the Battle of Passchendaele, the Minister of Veterans’ Affairs is sponsoring a yearly competition for Year 13 students. Entries for 2014 close on 23 September.

Passchendaele scene. Alexander Turnbull Library, REf: 1/2-C-003343-F.
Topics: Competitions, youth, Education Audience: Students, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Professor Hew Strachan discusses different ways of marking the centenary of the First World War. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 25 August 2014, 6 pm. Free.

Topics: Events, August 14, Public talks and tours Audience: General, Researchers, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

100 schools will research the stories behind the people named on First World War memorials at or near their school and publish them online as Living Heritage sites.

Topics: Education, Community contribution, Digital, Online Cenotaph Audience: Teachers, librarians, Students, Community Groups Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

The Troopers Tale - The History of The Otago Mounted Rifles is the complete and authorised narrative of the Otago Mounted Rifles, edited by the late Dr Don Mackay.

Topics: Otago Mounted Rifles, OMR, Publications, New Zealand Mounted Rifles Audience: historians, Teachers, veterans, Students

Lincoln University is undertaking various WW100 projects on an on-going basis through the centenary period, starting with a photograph unveiling ceremony on Monday 4 August 2014.

Topics: August 14, Community contribution, Education Audience: Students Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch
Organised by: Lincoln University

A lecture by Professor Sir Hew Strachan, Chichele Professor of History of War, All Souls College, Oxford. 16 October 2014, registration essential.

Professor Sir Hew Strachan
Topics: History, Public talks and tours, Overseas, October 14 Audience: General, Researchers, Teachers, Students

Events, activities and exhibitions will be happening right across the Christchurch City Libraries network throughout 2014 to 2018.

Bridge of Rememberance, Christchurch
Topics: Research, Publications, Digital Audience: General, Students, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch

The Experience of a Lifetime: People, Personalities and Leaders in the First World War is the major international conference hosted by the Centenary History partners. Wellington, 22-24 August 2014.

Topics: Conferences, public talks, symposiums, Events Audience: Students, Researchers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra concert that presents three pieces permeated equally with the joy of life and the experience of battle. 30 October 2014, 8 pm.

Topics: Events, Classical Music, Music Audience: Teachers, Students, General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra concert commemorating the centenary of the start of the First World War. Thursday 13 March 2014, 8 pm.

Topics: Events, Classical Music, Music Audience: Teachers, Students, General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

Sir Hew Strachan shares his views on the First World War. Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North. 27 August 2014.

Topics: Events, August 14 Audience: historians, Students, Researchers, General Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North

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.

Topics: Research, Websites, Digital, August 14 Audience: local visitors, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: The Prow

Production of the play 'Oh What a Lovely War', and creation of crosses for Timaru Boys' High School old boys who served during the First World War. 27-29 May 2014.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Performing Arts, Theatre, Education Audience: Students, Families Located in: New Zealand, Timaru
Organised by: Timaru Boys High School

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.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Events, Exhibitions, Education Audience: Students, Teachers, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Stratford

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.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Film, August 14, Documentaries, New Zealand Mounted Rifles Audience: local visitors, Tourists, Students, Teachers, General Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

Creating mini video-documentaries featuring local people singing or reading pieces that recall the First World War, along with interpretive panels.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Digital, Film, Documentaries, Exhibitions Audience: local visitors, General, Students, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Kapiti Coast

Digitisation of 'The Mataura Ensign' newspapers from 1915 to 1919.

Topics: Digital, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: Family history researchers, historians, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Gore

A museum and research centre commemorating Rannerdale and Canterbury's First World War stories, archives, and research facilities.

Lord and Lady Bledisloe visiting a Rannerdale Veteran in the 1930s
Topics: Museum, Research, Education, Archives, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: local visitors, Teachers, secondary students, Students, Researchers Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch
Organised by: Rannerdale Veterans Care

Five Auckland schools work with the Navy Museum to create artworks exploring the New Zealand home front during the First World War.

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

While observing a variety of animals, students on this learning programme at Orana Wildlife Park will discuss symbolism and the effectiveness of animal imagery in First World War propaganda posters.

Topics: Education, Events, Animals Audience: secondary students, Schools, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch

An original full-length play inspired by actual events during the First World War. Written by Sheri O'Neill and produced by Northland theatre group Platform Thirteen.

Topics: Theatre, Performing Arts, Events, Lottery Grant Recipients, Conscientious objection Audience: General, Students Located in: New Zealand, Dargaville, New Zealand, Whangarei
Organised by: Platform Thirteen

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.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Events, Exhibitions Audience: local visitors, General, Students Located in: New Zealand, Raglan

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.

Chris Marker, Owls at Noon Prelude The Hollow Men (2005), two-channel, eight screen DVD installation. Courtesy Peter Blum Gallery, New York.
Topics: Events, Fine Art, Exhibitions, Film Audience: Teachers, Students, Tourists, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: City Gallery Wellington

A free, site-specific multi-media project designed to remember Wellington city and her people during the First World War. From 11-18 October 2014.

Frederick Smith. Image courtesy of Berry & Co Photographers, 1917. Te Papa Collection
Topics: Events, Exhibitions, October 14, Heritage trails, Conscientious objection Audience: Teachers, Students, historians, veterans, Families Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Wellington City Council

A book of portraits offering an extraordinary, evocative snapshot of New Zealanders facing the First World War.

Topics: Photography, Books, History, August 14 Audience: Students, Teachers, historians, General, Family history researchers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

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.

Topics: Events, Exhibitions, October 14, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General, Students, Teachers, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Arrowtown, New Zealand, Queenstown

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

Highlights the contributions made by over 50 nurses from the East Coast/Hawke's Bay region who served overseas during the First World War in Egypt, France, England and Serbia.

Nursing sisters look out from the windows of a New Zealand Stationary Hospital hut in Wisques, France. Archives New Zealand ((Ref: ACGO 8398, IA76/13, H905, R22250303)
Topics: Publications, Research, Books, History, Medical care Audience: Nurses, General, Students, historians Located in: New Zealand, Gisborne, New Zealand, Napier

In commemoration of the First World War Centenary, MOTAT is celebrating the stories of the pilots who trained at the New Zealand Flying School in Auckland between 1915-19 before serving overseas.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, aviation, Digital, Community contribution, Online Cenotaph Audience: General, Students, Teachers, Genealogy, Pilots Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: MOTAT

Challenge to recreate a poster that uses historical images, maps and new photographs taken at museums and other special sites remembering those who gave their lives in the First World War.

Camera used during WW1
Topics: Education, Design, Photography Audience: Families, Students, Teachers, General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

Creating an education pack about the First World War for students years 7-10, focusing on the Canterbury region and Christchurch City Libraries resources. 

Topics: Education, Digital Audience: Teachers, Students, Schools, General Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch

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.

Topics: Exhibitions, Community contribution Audience: General, Youth, Students, Teachers, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

A community project knitting comforts for soldiers. Part of 'Remember to Remember' exhibition at Aratoi - Wairarapa Museum of Art and History (8 August-7 September 2014).

 

Topics: Community contribution, Fine Art, Exhibitions, Events, August 14 Audience: Teachers, Artists, Students, Families Located in: New Zealand, Masterton

A photographic display collated of all servicemen and women who served in the First World War from the Maniototo County, Central Otago.

Topics: Exhibtions, Community contirbution, Photography, August 14, New Zealand Mounted Rifles Audience: Families, Teachers, Students, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Ranfurly
Organised by: Raewyn Inder

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.

Topics: Anzac Day 2014, Commemorations, Ceremonies, Education Audience: local visitors, General, Students, Youth Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

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'.

Topics: Education Audience: Students, historians, Researchers Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

An opportunity for journalism students to take part in an intercultural learning programme around First World War historical sites. August 2014, Belgium and France.

Topics: Overseas, Education, Western Front, August 14 Audience: Teachers, Students, Youth
Category: Exchanges

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.

Topics: Animals, Exhibitions, Events, August 14 Audience: General, Schools, local visitors, Students, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Papakura
Organised by: Papakura Museum

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.

Topics: Education, Events, Performing Arts, Theatre, August 14 Audience: Students, School students, Teachers, Families, Schools Located in: New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand, Christchurch, New Zealand, Dunedin, New Zealand, Hamilton, New Zealand, Invercargill, New Zealand, Manukau, New Zealand, Napier, New Zealand, Nelson, New Zealand, New Plymouth, New Zealand, Palmerston North

A research project for Ongaonga School pupils to put detail around the 25 names listed on our village memorial.

Ongaonga First World War Memorial
Topics: Research, Education, Online Cenotaph Audience: Students Located in: New Zealand, Ongaonga
Organised by: Ongaonga School

A Rotary community project to enable young people to explore and share local knowledge about the First World War.

Messines Road sign
Topics: Education, Competitions, Passchendaele, Community contribution Audience: Teachers, School students, Youth, Students, Schools Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

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.

Topics: Personal projects, Research, Digital, Online Cenotaph Audience: Researchers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Robert Cameron

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.

Topics: Overseas, Pacific, Events Audience: Teachers, Researchers, Students, historians

A local history workshop on 28 February 2014, organised by BALH and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Topics: Overseas Audience: historians, Students

An exhibition exploring an archive of printed souvenirs donated to the Dunedin Public Library after the First World War. July-September 2014.

Topics: Exhibitions, Digital, Events, August 14 Audience: local visitors, Students, Teachers, General Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin
Organised by: Dunedin Public Libraries

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.

Topics: Events, Gallipoli, Performing Arts, Theatre, Chunuk Bair Audience: Teachers, Students, General, Families, veterans Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Auckland Theatre Company

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.

Topics: Theatre, Medical care, Women in wartime, Events, October 14 Audience: Teachers, Students, local visitors, General Located in: New Zealand, Europe - other, Dunedin

"The Line of Fire", Capt Matt Gauldie's commemorative bronze statue of Gallipoli artist, mapmaker, & Hamilton hero: Sapper Horace Moore-Jones. Unveiled 27 March 2015.

Topics: Memorials, Monuments, Fine Art, Anzac Day 2015, Sculpture Audience: General, Teachers, Students, Artists Located in: New Zealand, Hamilton
Organised by: TOTI Trust - Hamilton

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

The APO present a concert created by four composers who have produced new music in response to letters (held at Auckland Museum) written by NZ soldiers during the First World War. 25 May 2015.

Topics: Events, Music, Performing Arts, Classical Music Audience: General, Students, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

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.

Topics: Digital, Lottery Grant Recipients, Film, Sound, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

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. Opens February 2015, and tours nationally through 2016.

Topics: Exhibitions, Events, Pacific, Lottery Grant Recipients, Touring exhibitions Audience: General, secondary students, Students Located in: New Zealand, Pacific, Balclutha

Creating five outdoor floral carpets to commemorate the First World War in Whangarei. Unveiled February 2014.

Topics: Floral arrangements, Lottery Grant Recipients, Events Audience: General, Students, Families Located in: New Zealand, Whangarei
Category: Other

Enjoy music and poetry in a concert that commemorates the centenary of the First World War. 24 July 2014, Auckland Town Hall.

Topics: Events, Classical Music, Music Audience: Teachers, Students, General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

An Inquiry class for Year 10 students. The students will be encouraged to research and create a project on an aspect of the First World War.

Topics: Education Audience: Students Located in: New Zealand, New Plymouth

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.

NZEF on board Balmoral Castle May 1918. Artist Sydney Higgs.
Topics: Anzac Day 2015, Events, Exhibitions, Lottery Grant Recipients, Fine Art Audience: Families, local visitors, Artists, historians, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

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.

Topics: Research, Digital, Publications Audience: Researchers, Families, Teachers, Family history researchers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Ashburton

Once on Chunuk Bair by Maurice Shadbolt will be performed at Riverlea Theatre, Riverlea Road, Hamilton from April 25 to May 1 2015.

Topics: Events, Theatre, Anzac Day 2015, Performing Arts, Chunuk Bair Audience: Students, Families, historians Located in: New Zealand, Hamilton
Organised by: Hamilton Playbox

To place the Anzac poppy flower head on the places such as roads and facilities that are named after wartime activities or people.  

Topics: Memorials, youth, Genealogy, Heritage sites Audience: Teachers, Students, councils, Genealogists, RSA

Auckland Libraries has developed a research guide, which outlines the First World War resources available at Auckland Libraries and Auckland Council Archives.

Topics: Digital, Ressearch, Guides, Education, Conscientious objection Audience: Teachers, Students, General, Researchers, historians Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Auckland Council

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.

Playing hockey behind the lines during the First World War.
Topics: France, Sports, Events, Overseas Audience: Teachers, Schools, Students, Youth Located in: New Zealand, France, Wellsford

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.

The first of our crosses to be installed with the Oak tree behind.
Topics: Memorials, Gallipoli, Facilities, August 14 Audience: Teachers, local visitors, Students, General Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch

An online Research Guide that helps unlock the rich First World War content in the Alexander Turnbull Library - especially digital resources.

Topics: Research, Digital, Guides Audience: Students, Teachers, Researchers, Family history researchers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

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.

 

Te Puke RSA
Topics: RSA Audience: School students, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Te Puke
Organised by: Te Puke RSA committee

Maps locating cemeteries which include graves or memorials for members of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force who died during the First World War.

Topics: Digital, War Graves, Publications Audience: Researchers, Tourists, Students, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

This project is dedicated to re-examining the 'slanguage' given voice in the First World War, e.g. in troop magazines, as brought home to New Zealand and carried forward 100 years later.

Topics: Research, Digital Audience: General, historians, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Stephen Olsen

An on-line project to commemorate Southland’s role in the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915, and to honour the memory of all who served. Launched 4 July 2014.

Members of the 8th Southland Company, Otago Infantry Battalion
Topics: Websites, Lottery Grant Recipients, Digital, Research, Online Cenotaph Audience: Families, Researchers, Teachers, Students, General Located in: New Zealand, Invercargill

An evolving collection offering onscreen remembrance of New Zealand and the 'Great War': classic full-length documentaries, short films, dramas and archive newsreels.

Topics: Websites, History, Film, Digital, Documentaries Audience: General, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: NZ On Screen

The Gibson Group, with funding from New Zealand on Air, has produced a First World War documentary series to mark the centenary of the war in 2014. On Prime, June-July 2014.

Topics: Documentaries, Film, History Audience: General, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

The Onward Project aims to publish a photograph of every member of the NZEF who served overseas during the First World War, as a memorial to their service.

Topics: Books, NZEF, Photography, Publications, Community contribution Audience: Students, General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Fair Dinkum Publications

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.

Topics: Events, Re-enactments, Peace celebrations, Commemorations Audience: General, Students, Teachers, Families, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Cambridge

A personal quest to show 100 postcards portraying New Zealand and her people during the First World War.

Topics: Personal projects, ANZAC, History, Photography, August 14 Audience: General, Families, Researchers, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Glenn Reddiex

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!

Topics: History, Publications, Digital, Personal stories, Websites Audience: Students, Teachers, General, Families Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: WW100 Programme Office

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.
 

Topics: Memorials, Heritage, Local history, Archival research Audience: Teachers, Local neigbourhoods, Students, Seniors, RSA Located in: Lower Hutt

Short films telling personal stories about New Zealanders affected by Gallipoli and the First World War. Broadcasting on TV3 from 18 April 2016.

Topics: August 14, Film, Digital, History, Conscientious objection Audience: Students, Teachers, General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A website which allowed visitors to follow the historic 1913 cruise of the battleship HMS New Zealand online in "real-time". Decommissioned in 2014.

HMS New Zealand on the Waitemata Harbour. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 35-R1148.
Topics: Digital, History, Publications, Websites Audience: Families, General, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

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

New Zealand’s most comprehensive online resource on New Zealand and the First World War. Redesigned in August 2014.

Topics: Websites, History, Digital, August 14 Audience: General, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

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. Launched November 2013.

Ion Brown, The battle of Chunuk Bair, 8 August 1915, oil on canvas
Topics: Books, History, First World War Centenary History Programme, Publications Audience: General, Students, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

The Auckland First World War Heritage Trail marks 56 sites of significance to the region's role in the First World War.

Topics: Heritage trails, Digital, Mobile Audience: General, Students, Teachers Located in: Auckland
Organised by: Auckland Council