NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

Activities & Projects

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A service of gratitude at the Mazargues War Cemetery in Marseilles to commemorate the centenary of the NZEF's landing in France on 11 April 1916.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Overseas Audience: General, Local residents

A commemorative programme of events around Anzac Day on sites associated with New Zealand on the former Western Front.

Topics: Commemorations, Events, Anzac Day 2016, Overseas Audience: General, Expats, Tourists

On 25 April each year New Zealand commemorates the landings of the Anzacs on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey.

Topics: Gallipoli, Commemorations, Anzac Day 2016, Overseas Audience: General, Descendants, Expats, Tourists

Commemorative ceremonies and the unveiling of two new cenotaphs on Niue to mark the island's contribution to New Zealand's war effort.

Topics: Niue, Commemorative events, Memorials, Overseas Audience: Local residents, Descendants

A New Zealand memorial service to commemorate the 98th anniversary of the Battle of Broodseinde on 4 October 2015, held at the site of the battle in Belgium.

Topics: Commemorative events, Events, Overseas

Marking the Defence Force rugby team's visit to Belgium, a memorial service to the most famous All Black to have died in the war – Dave Gallaher – will be held on 4 October 2015.

Topics: Commemorative events, Memorials, rugby, Overseas

On 29 September 2015 the NZDF's rugby team, the Defence Blacks, plays a commemorative match against a French selection in Paris.

Topics: rugby, Sports, Events, Overseas Audience: Sports People, General, Expats

On 3 October 2015 the NZDF's rugby team, the Defence Blacks, will play a one-off match in the Dave Gallaher Memorial Tournament against the Belgium national team in Zonnebeke, Belgium.

Topics: rugby, Sports, Events, Overseas Audience: Sports People, General, Expats

Every day at 5pm, a Last Post ceremony is conducted on the forecourt of the National War Memorial in Wellington. Any person can be a part of this daily remembrance, conducted by the NZDF.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Last Post, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Events Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A lecture by German military historian Prof. Dr Epkenhans about the First World War and the Pacific as viewed from a German perspective, on Monday 1 December at Te Papa.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Military, History Audience: historians Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

To raise awareness of the Battle of Passchendaele, the Minister of Veterans’ Affairs is sponsoring a yearly competition for Year 13 students. Entries for 2014 close on 23 September.

Passchendaele scene. Alexander Turnbull Library, REf: 1/2-C-003343-F.
Topics: Competitions, youth, Education Audience: Students, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle for Chunuk Bair. 8 August 2015, New Zealand Memorial at Chunuk Bair, Gallipoli Historical National Park, Turkey.

Topics: Overseas, Ceremonies, International commemorations, Chunuk Bair Audience: local visitors, Descendants, General

The main ceremony will be held in Parliament Grounds with a 100-Gun Salute being fired on Wellington’s waterfront outside Te Papa. 4 August 2014, 9 to 9.30 am.

Politicians and a crowd, outside Parliament Buildings, upon the declaration of war with Germany, August 1914. Smith, Sydney Charles, 1888-1972: Photographs of New Zealand. Ref: 1/2-048457-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natl
Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Commemorating the centenary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli in Turkey on 25 April 2015.

Topics: Anzac Day 2015, Overseas, International commemorations, Gallipoli Audience: Ballot ticket holders

The Experience of a Lifetime: People, Personalities and Leaders in the First World War is the major international conference hosted by the Centenary History partners. Wellington, 22-24 August 2014.

Topics: Conferences, public talks, symposiums, Events Audience: Students, Researchers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

New Zealand has been invited to send four young people to join youth from all countries involved in the First World War to march along the Champs-Elysées on Bastille Day, 14 July 2014.

Topics: Overseas, France Audience: Youth, secondary students
Category: Exchanges

An organisational history of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force covering its formation, initial structure, development and changes.

Detail from NZEF certificate of disharge and certificate of character.
Topics: Books, History, First World War Centenary History Programme, Publications Audience: General, historians, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Wellington