NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

Discover WW1

Did you know that at the outbreak of the First World War, New Zealanders helped the Belgians and earned themselves a magnificent collection of paintings?

Some 43,500 men chose to appeal their conscription during the First World War – representing around one-third of those called-up. Why did this large group of New Zealanders fight to stay at home?

Did you know that in 1917 a German raider named SMS Wolf brought the war to New Zealand waters?

From weapon to domestic ware – what does this trench-art pitcher tell us about the First World War experience of Cook Islands soldier Terekia Taura?

Did you know that early on the morning of 7 June 1917, hundreds of New Zealand cyclists rode their bikes into battle over the muddy roads of the Western Front?

New Zealand soldiers are still remembered, even 100 years on, by the people of the Belgian town of Messines.

Hundreds of New Zealand men enlisted for war as bachelors, but embarked as husbands. What do these pre-departure weddings suggest about the wartime marriage habits?

Getting a foothold in Palestine was more difficult than expected, as Trooper Vincent Barry of the Wellington Mounted Rifles found out at the First Battle of Gaza.

The massive task of surveying First World War tunnels in France to help preserve their unique Kiwi character is going even more high-tech. 

Curator and historian Kirstie Ross shares the story of two New Zealand nurses whose work with the French Flag Nursing Corps during the First World War is commemorated in Te Papa’s history collections.

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