NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

Organising your event or activity

There are a number of information sources, resources and ideas that New Zealanders can use to get involved in the First World War centenary programme. Individuals, businesses, community groups, education groups, companies, schools, sports clubs, local or central government can use these resources to support their WW100 centenary activities. This page is designed to make it easy for you to get involved.

There are so many fantastic projects that have already been undertaken or which are planned, but there is room for more! Learning from other projects, sharing ideas and resources, will make everyone’s activities so much better. Together, we can create a centenary that is memorable, varied and leaves a lasting legacy for future generations.

Tools to help you get involved

You can use the WW100 brand on stories about local people, for centenary content in your newsletters, or on any non-commercial activity about the centenary. WW100 branding – its free to use and easy to download. Send us an email if you would like to enquire about the WW100 commercial symbol.

Review others' projects or plans to get inspiration – browse the Activities and Projects register, or search by region, town, date or category

There is funding available from different sources – find out more on our funding information page

The RSA have some tips on how to deliver your own commemorative event

Tips on promoting your activity online

Resources for you to use

Free poster and street pole flag designs – download them for use in your commemorative activities

Free Ngā Tapuwae Somme posters and bookmarks – download the suite

Multi-lingual guides to Anzac Day – download, share or print the guides

Get a WW100 pin – show your support for New Zealand’s First World War centenary through wearing the WW100 lapel pin

Find out more about the WW100 Commemorations or the annual themes for the centenary

Find out more about Ngā Tapuwae New Zealand First World War Trails

Officers watching events at the New Zealand Infantry Brigade horse show, France. Image courtesy of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Ref: 1/2-013238-G.

Tips to help make your event/activity a success

If you’re writing articles, producing case studies or reaching out through social media, you can explore your own original stories by thinking about: 

  • What are the specific stories of local people and what did they experience?
  • What the impact was to your area, to families, to businesses, or communities, changes in local services, patterns of behavior, schooling or the workplace?
  • What do the stories from your area say about the human spirit?
  • How did the media represent the First World War in your area? Search the Papers Past database
  • What photographs, other images, diaries or records are available for soldiers from your area? Begin your search on DigitalNZ

Join in online

Social media is an easy and effective way to tell the right people about your project. When considering how to make your social media work even better for you, remember that it’s not the number of followers you have, but whether they’re the right people. Think of social media as a conversation – reply quickly if people get in touch, comment on other people’s posts and share posts that complement what you’re trying to say. For ideas and related content, you can follow WW100 online on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and YouTube.

There are short summaries of battles and events in online official histories. If you are looking for short descriptions of events or words to use in printed material or speeches have a look at Te Ara's brief overview of the First World War, or for more in-depth information visit firstworldwar.govt.nz.

Make it last

Think about creating something that endures beyond your project. For example if you’re doing an exhibition, think about putting it online or publishing some material after it closes. Ask yourself “How will people organising the 200th commemoration learn about/from my project?” And don’t forget to enter your project into the Activities and Projects register and if you’re running an event, into Eventfinda.

Researching First World War soldiers

Do you or your peers know if you are descended from someone in the First World War? Search for information about people who served – here are some good ways:

Anything else you’d find useful? Click here to tell us about it.

A queen carnival parade in Foxton, circa 1915. Image courtesy of Palmerston North Libraries and Community Services.

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