NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY20142019

Discover WW1

9 July 2015 marks the 30,000th Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate – a ritual which has come to symbolise not only a remembrance of those who died in the Great War, but also the ongoing connection between ­­Belgium and the former Allied nations.

Private Robert Steele's image from Gaba Tepe – published in the Auckland Weekly News on 24 June 1915 – gave the New Zealand public their first glimpse of the Gallipoli Campaign.

In the early stages of the war, between a quarter to a third of recruits were rejected for service on account of dental defects. Museum and Heritage Studies student Rebecca Nuttall explores the history of the New Zealand Dental Corps in the First World War.

How did the opinions New Zealanders and Australians held about each other shift during the Gallipoli Campaign?

In an age of tweets and Facebook updates it can be difficult to conceive of a time when it took days, weeks or months to hear news.

The Ngā Tapuwae New Zealand First World War Trails give users a greater understanding of New Zealand’s involvement in the Great War. Denise Stephens gives an insight into the development of one of the Government’s First World War centenary legacy projects.

Did you know that the Maori Contingent, which left New Zealand 100 years ago, was the first organised effort by Māori to represent themselves in an overseas theatre of war?

Ashley Mackenzie-White discovers more about her ancestor – the New Zealand Expeditionary Force's first fatality.

While training in Egypt, the New Zealand troops came to be dubbed ‘Massey’s Tourists’ because of all the sightseeing and revelry in which they indulged.

Beating the boredom: ennui was one of the Army's biggest enemies on board the Main Body troopships.

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