NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

Discover WW1

Historian and educator Steve Watters challenges us to consider fresh perspectives of the First World War and its commemoration.

Margaret Lovell-Smith, lead researcher for the Voices Against War project, urges people to consider the peace perspective during centenary commemorations.

Matthew Buck, Senior Adviser Heritage with the New Zealand Defence Force, asks why we would want to remember something as horrible as a war.

Mark Compain from the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association explains the organisation's changing position on remembrance.

Kirstie Ross, historian and curator at Te Papa, looks at the introduction and impact of military conscription 100 years ago.

Did you know that Rua Kēnana, a prominent Tūhoe leader, was arrested in 1916 for discouraging enlistment in the war?

Seán Brosnahan – Curator at Toitū – recounts the story of the 100 year journey around the world of a dog tag belonging to Reinhold Fätsch, who went missing during the 1916 Battle of the Somme.

On the centenary of New Zealand's entry into the Somme, historian Ian McGibbon looks at the toll the battle took on the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, and the men who survived.

We look at several objects related to the Sinai Campaign to see how it differed from New Zealanders' experiences at Gallipoli and the Western Front.

The national war effort went beyond service in the armed forces. In these short personal stories, we look at some of the experiences of New Zealand's women at home during the war.

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