Discover WW1

Historian David Green explains how researchers recently revised the numbers of New Zealanders who served at Gallipoli.

Neill Atkinson, Chief Historian at Manatū Taonga – the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, asks how the commemoration of Anzac Day has changed since it was first observed in 1916.

How were Germans treated in New Zealand during the First World War?

Going to the movies was a favourite pastime for New Zealanders prior to the First World War, and over the course of the war it became even more popular. Ngā Taonga has preserved extracts of what New Zealanders would have watched one hundred years ago.

With tax hikes, bulk trade deals and heavy borrowing, the war’s most important long-term economic legacy for New Zealand was to increase both the size of the state and the scale of its intervention in the economy. The effects of this shift are still felt a century later.

After eight months of hardship, the New Zealanders’ occupation of Gallipoli came to an end in December 1915. What did the New Zealanders think about the withdrawal from Anzac?

On 24 May 1915 the Anzacs and the Ottomans observed an armistice at Gallipoli to bury their dead in no-man's-land. What did the New Zealanders think about that day?

Ten New Zealand nurses drowned when the Marquette was torpedoed on 23 October 1915. Why were they and other medical personnel transported through submarine-infested waters on an ordinary ship rather than a hospital ship?

Did you know that one hundred years ago, on 13 October 1915, the Niue Contingent of 150 men left their island to travel to New Zealand and join the war effort?

Did you know that the First World War servicemen of the British Empire staged the first international rugby tournament in 1919?