NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

Activities & Projects

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A project to establish a permanent memorial on Fraser Island, Australia, to record the role that the Maheno played as a hospital ship in the First World War. To be unveiled on Anzac Day 2017.

Topics: Memorials, Hospital ships, Maheno, ANZAC, Australia Audience: General, Tourists

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

A commemorative programme of events around Anzac Day on sites associated with New Zealand on the former Western Front.

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

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 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

This free booklet features a heritage trail visiting 22 places that provide insight into Wellington’s participation in the war and includes a map illustrating WWI parade and procession routes.

Topics: Heritage trails, History, Local history, Heritage sites, publication Audience: General, Local residents, Tourists, Families, historians Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

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.

Topics: Museums, Exhibitions, Events, Homefront, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, local visitors, Tourists Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: Broadgreen House

Travel with Steam Incorporated on this Anzac Weekend excursion to the Central Plateau, hauled by the First World War memorial locomotive Ab608 “Passchendaele".

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Passchendaele, railway, Events, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: local visitors, Tourists, General Located in: New Zealand, Feilding, New Zealand, Ohakune, New Zealand, Palmerston North, New Zealand, Waiouru
Category: Other
Organised by: Steam Incorporated

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:

On 16 October 2014 the first Ngā Tapuwae New Zealand First World War Trails sign will be unveiled on the Wellington waterfront.

Ngā Tapuwae logo
Topics: Departure of troops, Ceremonies, Commemorations, Events, Heritage trails Audience: General, historians, local visitors, Tourists Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: WW100 Programme Office

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.

1915 map of Wellington city over contemporary map
Topics: Heritage trails, History, Local history, Personal stories, online resources Audience: General, historians, history teachers, local visitors, Tourists Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Wellington City Council

The Homefront exhibition at Taupo Museum aims to show what life was like in the Taupo District at the time of the First World War. Runs 25 October to 18 November 2014.

Topics: Social & Political History, Exhibitions, Events, History, Homefront Audience: Families, General, historians, Researchers, Tourists Located in: New Zealand, Taupo
Organised by: Taupo Museum

A day of steam train action featuring Ab 608 "Passchendaele" from Wellington at Glenbrook Vintage Railway, Auckland. 27 October 2014. 

Topics: Passchendaele, October 14 Audience: local visitors, Tourists Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Category: Other

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.

Topics: Fine Art, Exhibitions, Overseas activities, Overseas events, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: local visitors, Tourists Located in: New Zealand, France, Belgium, Dunedin, New Zealand, France, Belgium, Gisborne, New Zealand, France, Belgium, Nelson
Organised by: Helen Pollock

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.

Lance Corporal Bertie Huon Victor Harkess (11698)
Topics: August 14, Exhibitions, Events Audience: local visitors, Tourists, Families, General, Schools Located in: New Zealand, Lyttelton

First World War Commemorative Exhibition at Waiheke Community Art Gallery opens Friday 21 November 2014 at 6pm and continues to Monday 15 December 2014.

Topics: Events, Experiences, Trench reconstructions, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: local visitors, Tourists Located in: New Zealand, Waiheke Island

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

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.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Memorials, October 14, Facilities Audience: local visitors, Tourists, General Located in: New Zealand, Fairlie

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 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.

Topics: Sculpture, International activities, Lottery Grant Recipients, New Zealand Tunnelling Company, Western Front Audience: General, local visitors, Tourists
Organised by: Arras Tourist Office

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.

Waiheke Island
Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Sculpture, Facilities, Fine Art Audience: General, local visitors, Tourists Located in: New Zealand, Waiheke Island
Organised by: The Depot Artspace

Restoration to main line running condition of First World War memorial locomotive AB608 "Passchendaele".

Topics: Memorials, Passchendaele, Anzac Day 2014, conservation Audience: local visitors, Tourists, General Located in: New Zealand, Paekakariki
Organised by: Steam Incorporated

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.

Topics: Anzac Day 2014, Events, Performing Arts, Music Audience: Families, local visitors, Tourists, General Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin
Organised by: Otago Museum

Developing a website and downloadable mobile application, and constructing a monument (unveiled April 2014) commemorating a First World War soldier from New Zealand.

An impression of the new statue
Topics: Heritage trails, Mobile, Overseas, Digital, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: local visitors, Tourists
Organised by: Messines Town Council

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.

Topics: Events, Lottery Grant Recipients, Gallipoli, Exhibitions Audience: General, School students, local visitors, Tourists Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Free public aviation show of First World War planes with commentary and land-based displays.

First World War nieuport fighter
Topics: Exhibitions, Events, aviation, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: Genera, Families, local visitors, Tourists Located in: New Zealand, Wanaka

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

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

Online and mobile historical content – including free apps, plus improving New Zealand-related information and signage at overseas battlefields and associated museums.

Ngā Tapuwae logo
Topics: Heritage trails, Legacy projects, Western Front, Gallipoli, Overseas activities Audience: Tourists, General, Families

The Government created Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington to acknowledge the centenary of the First World War. Opened 18 April 2015.

Topics: Memorials, Anzac Day 2015, Legacy projects Audience: General, local visitors, Tourists, Families Located in: New Zealand, Wellington