NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

Then & now

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

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.

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.

Discover how events unfolded in the week New Zealand went to war, and 100 years later.

Anzac Day this year marked the centenary of the last time that 25 April was just a day like any other day – before it became a signature date in New Zealand history.

The battlefield of Messines (Mesen), Belgium - then on 6 June 1917 and today on Google maps.