NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

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The development and promotion of resources to Ngāi Tahu whānui and the wider community, that share the stories and history of our soldiers who contributed to New Zealand’s war effort.

Topics: Ngāi Tahu, Remember, Roll of Honour, Lottery Grant Recipients Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch
Organised by: Te Runanga O Ngai Tahu

New Zealand Post continues to remember and honour those who served in the First World War with the fourth addition to its stamp and coin programme, titled 1917 The Darkest Hour.

Topics: Memorabilia, centenary, Stamps, coins Audience: General, general audience, Philatelists, Collectors

A book exploring Eastbourne's experience of war — both overseas and on the home front — in the early twentieth century.

Topics: Publications, Lottery Grant Recipients
Organised by:

A series of animated videos released in the lead-up to Anzac Day 2017 exploring some of the personal stories from Ngā Tapuwae Western Front trails.

Topics: Videos, Ngā Tapuwae, Stories, Soldiers, Western Front Audience: General
Organised by: WW100 Programme Office

This new publication by Professor Kay Morris Matthews  and co-published by Tairawhiti Museum and EIT is about making visible the work that NZ women undertook overseas during the First World War.

Topics: Publications, Women in wartime, East Coast, History, Books Located in: New Zealand, Gisborne
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Retired Belgian judge Dominique Cooreman unearthed an almost forgotten battle in Belgium, where more than 1000 NZ soldiers were killed between mid-June to the end of August 1917.

Topics: Belgium, military history, social history, Family History, Publications Audience: Teachers, secondary students, Families, historians
Organised by: Dominique Cooreman

An exhibition and associated publication featuring women with links to Gisborne who served or volunteered in the First World War. At Tairawhiti Museum from 24 March to 16 July 2017.

Topics: Museums, Events, Exhibitions, Women in wartime, Publications Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Gisborne
Organised by: Tairawhiti Museum

Since writing you last... features the letters of four Southland First World War soldiers.  Over 1700 pages from 307 letters have been digitised, transcribed, and made available to the public.

Topics: letters, Southland, primary resource Audience: Teachers, secondary students, historians, general audience, Tertiary students Located in: New Zealand, Invercargill

The history of the Pacific Islanders who served in the New Zealand Army in the First World War. Written by Howard Weddell, and published in 2016.

Topics: History, Pacific Cultures, Publications, Books Audience: historians, Descendants, Pacific cultures
Organised by:

This book, based on over 30 years of research by leading historian Jock Phillips, tells the fascinating story of who erected New Zealand's war memorials and why. Published April 2016.

Topics: Publications, Books, war memorial, Memorials, memory Audience: historians, General
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We've created a series animated videos to explore some of the more curious aspects of New Zealand's First World War experience. Released periodically over 2016-17.

Topics: video, History, online resources Audience: General
Organised by: WW100 Programme Office

A website that tells the stories of the young men in Canterbury who were imprisoned for their beliefs, and the women, men and peace groups who supported them.

Topics: online resources, Websites, Regional history, Conscientious objection, Canterbury Audience: General, historians, Local residents

An innovative feature documentary created to bring the story of the New Zealand experience at Gallipoli to life for a modern audience through a reimagined world. Released in 2015.

Topics: Film, Gallipoli, Creative Projects Audience: General

A story of the life and death of Roy Haycock, who was wounded during the battle of Flers-Courcellete in September 1916, and killed at Passchendaele 12 October 1917.

Topics: Publications, Family History, Books
Organised by:

Under the French city of Arras, New Zealand and French surveyors are using laser scanning technology to capture, honour, and preserve the incredible work of the NZ Engineers Tunnelling Company. 

Topics: New Zealand Engineers Tunnelling Company, School of Surveying, University of Otago, Tunnellers, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: Descendants, General Public, Researchers, Teachers, surveyors Located in: New Zealand, France, Dunedin

A book detailing the joint project between New Zealand, Australia and Turkey that has produced the first comprehensive archaeological and historical survey of the Anzac battlefield at Gallipoli.

Topics: Publications, Gallipoli, Books, History, Research Audience: historians

St Peter's College and College Jacques Monod, France, will commemorate the beginning of the Western Front war with readings from letters, poetry, and singing. 1 July 2016, 11 am-12 pm. 

Topics: Somme, Schools, Education Audience: Teachers, French community, British community, School students Located in: New Zealand, France, Auckland

Publication of The Anzac Experience: New Zealand, Australia and Empire in the First World War, by Christopher Pugsley.

Topics: Books, Publications, History Audience: General, historians
Organised by: Oratia Books

Share stories of soldiers who fought in the First World War in the #wellynextdoor recording caravan. Civic Square, Wellington, 21 April 2016.

Topics: Oral history, Family History Audience: General, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

The Linking Bridges project aims to build links between two bridges and their communities: Kaiparoro war memorial bridge, Wairarapa and the Bridge Creek memorial bridge at Brooweena, Queensland.

Topics: Memorials, Monuments, Heritage sites, Research, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: Teachers, Students, Descendants, General, local visiitors Located in: Australia, Masterton

Published for the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, a major First World War history told for the first time from the British and German perspectives.

Topics: History, Military, Somme, Books Audience: Teachers, Students, military, historians
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A unique programme to mark the centenary of one of the first Anzac Day observances, in Petone, Wellington.

Anzac Day commemoration at Petone, 25 April 1916. Credit: Albert Percy Godber. Reference: APG 590 ½, Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington. The picture is taken after the ceremony. The Australian Red Ensign is flying on the right.
Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Anzac Day 2016, Events Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Lower Hutt

A collection of pieces focusing on the people, personalities and leaders in the First World War. Published by Massey University Press in April 2016.

Topics: Publications, Books, History Audience: historians
Organised by: Massey University Press

This new book commemorates the day when fighting stopped in 1918 and looks at what happened next. Partnered with best-selling Anzac Day, it makes an excellent reference for the whole family.

Topics: Publications, Education, Books, peace, Peace celebrations Audience: Families, Teachers, Primary students, secondary students, General
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Jennifer Haworth presents a well illustrated exploration of the work of New Zealand's Official War Artists and also of its citizen soldiers. Published in April 2016.

Topics: Books, Publications, war art Audience: General, historians
Organised by: Wily Publications

Chinese Anzacs: Australians of Chinese Descent in the Defence Forces 1885-1919 - Second Edition revised to include New Zealand-born Chinese of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force 1914-1919.

Topics: Chinese, History, ANZAC, Publications, Book Audience: Descendants, historians Located in: New Zealand, Australia, Wellington

New Zealand Post continues to remember and honour those who served the First World War with its third addition to the their stamp and coin programme, titled 1916 Courage & Commitment

Topics: Memorabilia, centenary, Stamps, coins Audience: General, general audience, Philatelists, Collectors

This book, written by leading NZ and international historians, looks at the impact of the First World War. The launch will be held at Palmerston North Central Library on 11 April 2016.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, Publications, Books Audience: General, historians Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North

2016 marks 100 years since the formation of the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association (RSA). New Zealand Post pays tribute to the role it plays with this stamp and coin issue.

Topics: Memorabilia, RSA, centenary, Stamps Audience: General, Philatelists, Collectors

This book records, for the first time, biographies and stories about the nurses (both registered and unregistered) and chaplains with a Nelson/Tasman connection, who served in the First World War.  

Topics: Chaplains to the Forces, Local history, Research, Women in wartime, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: Descendants, Individuals / Families, General, local visitors, Women

An edited letter collection based on those written between Trish Macky's great grandparents, culminating in the Lusitania disaster of May 1915.

Topics: Books, Lusitania, letters, social history Audience: Teachers, historians, WWI enthusiasts, book clubs Located in: New Zealand, Hamilton
Organised by: Patricia (Trish) Macky

WW100 has put together some e-cards featuring images and postcards from 1916. Share a thought with your friends, family and colleagues.

Topics: Digital, online resources Audience: General

The Nelson Branch of the NZ Society of Genealogists has indexed the names of people cited in the Nelson Anglican archives who were associated with First World War activities.

Topics: online resources, Local history, Soldiers, Genealogy Audience: Genealogists, Descendants, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: Nelson Branch NZSG, The Prow

This book, launched in October 2015 by Lt Col Lee Turner with the foreword signed by HRH Princess Anne, records the 100 year history of the Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps.

Topics: Mlitary nursing, Books, Publications, nurses, Nursing history Audience: Nurses, historians, family historians
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A digital roll sourced from the Online Cenotaph containing the names and details of Māori and Pacific Islanders who served in the First World War.

Topics: online resources, Maori, Soldiers Audience: historians, Descendants, Students

A collection of stories about men from Porirua district who served overseas. There will be 200 First World War stories, including men who enlisted from the Porirua Mental Hospital.

Topics: Personal stories, photos, letters, diaries, online resources Audience: Local residents, Local Government, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Porirua
Organised by: Allan Dodson

A self-drive guide available in Christchurch on 24 October 2015 locates memorials commemorating the nurses who drowned on the Marquette in 1915. 

Topics: Education, Events, Tours, nurses Audience: General, Nurses, Descendants, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch
Organised by:

The Australian War Memorial commissioned five Australian and five NZ artists to explore the Anzac legacy and commemoration in a contemporary context. The portfolio was launched in 2016.

Topics: ANZAC, Art, Fine Art Audience: General, Arts appreciators, Teachers
Organised by: Australian War Memorial

This book takes readers on a journey into the colourful world of postcards during the First World War, giving a poignant insight into life in New Zealand during the war. Published in August 2015.

Topics: postcards, mail, WW1, Photographs, Publications Audience: General, historians, Collectors

The Penguin Book of New Zealand War Writing presents a rich interplay of writing about our country’s military engagements, including the First World War. Launched in October 2015.

Topics: Publications, Books, war literature Audience: historians, General, Writers

October 2015 marks 100 years since a group of Niuean men left to serve in the First World War. New Zealand Post is issuing stamps on behalf of Niue that look closer at their contribution.

Topics: Memorabilia, 13 October, Niue, Stamps Audience: General, Niueans, Pacific cultures, Philatelists

Celebrate the 122nd anniversary of votes for New Zealand women and come along for an informal launch of Jane Tolerton’s new book at Little Peckish Cafe, Wellington, on 19 September 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, Women in wartime, Books, Publications Audience: General, Women Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Personal stories told by family about the soldiers and nurses who served in the First World War, collected alongside performances of the play Sister Anzac.  

Topics: Hospital ships, nurses, Community contribution, Theatrical performances, Digital Audience: Teachers, historians, community, family historians, family Located in: New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand, Christchurch, New Zealand, Dunedin, New Zealand, Hamilton
Organised by: Stark Theatre

Window Into WW1 is about showcasing and preserving the First World War heritage of the Manawatu through digitisation and online exhibitions.

Topics: Digitisation, preservation, History, Photographs, Heritage resources Audience: Teachers, historians, Community Groups, Students, Families Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North

A ticker tape at the bottom of the WW100 website displayed the names of New Zealand's Gallipoli fatalities on the centenary of their death during the campaign.

Topics: Digital, online resources, Gallipoli, Commemorations Audience: General, Descendants
Organised by: WW100 Programme Office

The New Zealand Geographic Board’s project to research and collect the stories behind New Zealand’s First World War place names.

Topics: place name, Geographic Board, History, LINZ, online resources Audience: Public, historians, iwi, geneologists, Researchers

"Whispers of Gallipoli" is New Zealand composer Anthony Ritchie's new song cycle about events both at and surrounding Gallipoli.

Topics: Gallipoli, Anthony Rithie, Songs
Organised by:

Magazine feature on WW100 and Anzac commemorations in MG magazine, a national current affairs monthly publication.

Topics: Publications
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A 300 page publication listing all the fallen mentioned on memorials in the area.

Topics: Memorials, Publications, Local history Audience: Local residents, Descendants, historians, Teachers
Organised by: Sonia Edwards

The pages on this website reveal the story of Pukeahu National War Memorial Park as told during four virtual field trips facilitated for schools by Learnz. Teaching resources remain online.

Topics: Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, online resources, Education Audience: Primary students, secondary schools, Primary and secondary teachers
Organised by: The NZ Transport Agency

Michelle O'Connell is launching her children's picture book, Leaving for The Front, at Masterton District Library on 18 April 2015.

Topics: Literary, Books, children's books, Events Audience: children, Families Located in: New Zealand, Masterton
Organised by:

This free booklet features a heritage trail visiting 22 places that provide insight into Wellington’s participation in the war and includes a map illustrating WWI parade and procession routes.

Topics: Heritage trails, History, Local history, Heritage sites, publication Audience: General, Local residents, Tourists, Families, historians Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A series of ‘making of’ videos released around the opening of the Gallipoli: The scale of our war exhibition at Te Papa on 18 April 2015.

Topics: Gallipoli, online resources, video, Exhibitions Audience: Teachers, secondary students, General

Chris Pugley's history of the Maori and Pacific Island role in the First World War makes a welcome return to shelves after being republished in April 2015.

Topics: Books, Publications, Maori, History Audience: General, historians

Fully revised and with many new photos, Chris Pugsley's classic account of the Gallipoli Campaign was published in new NZ and UK editions.

Topics: Books, Publications, Gallipoli, History Audience: General, historians
Organised by: Frontline Books

Launch of the book 'Tales of Three Campaigns', originally written after the First World War by Col. Cyprian Bridge Brereton. The launch will take place at Nelson College on 8 April 2015.

Topics: Social & Political History, Publications, Events, Books Audience: historians, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: Nelson Provincial Museum

Calling on Australians and New Zealanders to make a short video of up to 100 seconds duration on their smartphones and upload to the My Gallipoli time capsule on the website http://gallipoli.org.au.

Topics: video, Time-capsule, Social media, Crowdsourced Audience: General
Organised by:

"Roly the Anzac Donkey" tells the story of the courageous partnership between a NZ soldier and his hardworking donkey. Come along to the Ashhurst Village Valley Centre on 27 March 2015.

Topics: Publications, Books, children's books, Events Audience: Families, children Located in: New Zealand, Ashhurst
Organised by:

A new poetry anthology from Kāpiti Coast District Libraries’ second annual poetry contest – If You’re a Poet We Want to Know It.

Topics: poetry, Books, Competitions Located in: New Zealand, Kapiti Coast

Creating a searchable database of information about Hawke’s Bay fallen and returned First World War servicemen, who are named on rolls of honour and memorials in the region.

Topics: Database, Archives, History, Digitisation, online resources Audience: historians, Descendents Located in: New Zealand, Hastings

A special issue of the Women's Studies Journal, including articles engaging in historical critique of women's experiences in the First World War, is to be published in June 2016.

Topics: publication, resources, Women in wartime Audience: academics; women in communities

A project to audit and digitise the First World War collections at the Waimate Historical Society, and encourage members of the public to share personal stories and artefacts.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, online resource, Digitisation Audience: General, historians, social historians Located in: New Zealand, Waimate

Over 100 identified/named photographs of New Zealand military nurses upload to the NZANS website.

Topics: New Zealand Mlitary nursing, Nursing history, nurses, Publications Audience: Nurses, historians, family historians
Organised by: Sheray McNabb

Creating a slide show presentation featuring the records of 213 soldiers who left Ngāruawāhia for the First World War. Completed in time for the centenary of the Gallipoli landing, 25 April 2015.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, resources, Commemorations Audience: family historians, Genealogists, historians, Family history researchers Located in: New Zealand, Ngaruawahia

A book that shares the stories of the soldiers from the Thames region who went off to the First World War. Launched in 2014.

Topics: Books, Publications, Local history, Soldiers Audience: historians, family historians, Genealogists Located in: New Zealand, Thames

Online list of members of the NZ legal profession who lost their lives while serving in the First World War. Biographies of all 51 lawyers on the Roll have been added. Further input is welcomed.

 

Topics: lawyers, legal profession, Rolls of Honour, Memorials, online resources Audience: lawyers, family historians, General Public
Organised by: New Zealand Law Society

A video tribute to the Canterbury Mounted Rifles Regiment, 1914 to 1919, written by Nigel Carmichael and Terry King, produced by Erewhon Productions.co.nz.

Topics: online resources, video, New Zealand Mounted Rifles Audience: historians, General
Organised by: Erewhon Productions

An exhibition of First World War records at the Archives New Zealand - Dunedin Office, from 24 September to 24 December 2014, accompanied by an online resource about Alexander Mee.

Topics: Exhibitions, online resources, Events, Historical records Audience: General, historians, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

A publication which includes profiles of all men listed on the Rotorua First World War cenotaph and Arawa Soldiers' War Memorial in the Rotorua Government gardens.

Topics: Memorials and Monuments, Publications Audience: historians, local visitors, Local Government Located in: New Zealand, Rotorua
Organised by:

In partnership with the WW100 Programme Office, Statistics NZ launched the First World War – Changing the fabric of our nation infographic on Armistice Day 2014.

Topics: Infographics, online resources, statistics, Armistice Audience: General, historians
Organised by: Statistics New Zealand

For Us They Fell is an exhibition about the men and women of the Waikato during the First World War, at Hamilton's Waikato Museum from 25 April 2015 to 11 November 2018. Tours are available.

Topics: Events, Exhibitions, Lottery Grant Recipients, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, local visitors, Students, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Hamilton
Organised by: Waikato Museum

The WW100 website displayed the names of all those who departed with the Main Body and 1st Reinforcements from Wellington on 16 October 1914 around the centenary of the event.

A selection of the names displayed in one of the features
Topics: Digital, online resources, Departure of troops Audience: historians, General, family historians, Descendants, Community Groups
Organised by: WW100 Programme Office

In this very moving WW100 Perspectives video, Kate Hunter looks at what our First World War soldiers wanted to remember – and forget – in their connections between home and war.

Historian Kate Hunter
Topics: Digital, video, online resources, ww100 perspectives Audience: School students, historians, General
Organised by: WW100 Programme Office

Research into the men and women listed as "killed in action" during the First World War on war memorials in Upper Clutha, published into a book titled Courageous and Free in November 2016.

Topics: Memorials, Monuments, wanaka, Research, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General Public, School children, Descendants, historians, family historians Located in: New Zealand, Wanaka

The Heritage Story Map combines satellite photography of contemporary Wellington with images and stories from the First World War. View it on mobile or your browser.

1915 map of Wellington city over contemporary map
Topics: Heritage trails, History, Local history, Personal stories, online resources Audience: General, historians, history teachers, local visitors, Tourists Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Wellington City Council

The National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) is producing a 2015 diary acknowledging the First World War that has a particular focus on its impact on women.

Topics: Women in wartime, Publications Audience: Women, historians, secondary students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A well written and beautifully researched edited collection examining the theme of endurance and the First World War in New Zealand and Australia.

Detail from book cover for Endurance and the First World War
Topics: History, Books, Publications Audience: General, Students, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch

An album featuring a performance and recording of Matthew Everingham's 'Tribute', a First World War memorial song cycle based on texts by Wilfred Owen. Released 19 September 2014.

Topics: Music, Publications, Classical Music Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch
Organised by: Christchurch Boys' Choir

First World War inquiry guides and resource packs for teachers of years 1-13, made available on the Ministry of Education’s portal for educators, tki.org.nz.

Topics: Education, Publications Audience: Teachers, Schools, librarians, principals, history teachers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Ministry of Education

A display of wartime memorabilia from residents of Mt Albert, who served in the First World War. On display at Alberton house during the Auckland Heritage Festival, 27 September 2014-12 October 2014

Lancelot Kerr Taylor astride his horse. The Kerr Taylor family owned and gifted Alberton.
Topics: Events, Exhibitions, October 14 Audience: Families, General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

100 schools will research the stories behind the people named on First World War memorials at or near their school and publish them online as Living Heritage sites.

Topics: Education, Community contribution, Digital, Online Cenotaph Audience: Teachers, librarians, Students, Community Groups Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

An illustrated history of New Zealand’s war experience, by Kirstie Ross and Kate Hunter. Published by Te Papa Press, August 2014.

Topics: History, Publications, Photography, Books, August 14 Audience: Teachers, School students, General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

The Troopers Tale - The History of The Otago Mounted Rifles is the complete and authorised narrative of the Otago Mounted Rifles, edited by the late Dr Don Mackay.

Topics: Otago Mounted Rifles, OMR, Publications, New Zealand Mounted Rifles Audience: historians, Teachers, veterans, Students

New Zealand Post honours those who served in the First World War with a five year programme of commemorative stamps and coins. The first stamp issue tells the story of serviceman Melville Mirfin.

Topics: Memorabilia, August 14, Samoa Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Events, activities and exhibitions will be happening right across the Christchurch City Libraries network throughout 2014 to 2018.

Bridge of Rememberance, Christchurch
Topics: Research, Publications, Digital Audience: General, Students, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch

Researching their pharmacy and military experiences, the circumstances of their death and where they are commemorated.  The Pharmaceutical Society will record a tribute to these men.

Names of NZ pharmacists killed in WW1
Topics: Research, Medical care, Publications, Online Cenotaph Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

The personal album and autograph book of Sgt Charles Nelson who served as an infantryman in France and Belgium 1917 - 1918. Published with other information on a blog by his great grandson.

Topics: Personal projects, Websites, Digital, August 14 Audience: General, Descendants
Organised by: Brian Nelson

A  web page featuring First World War stories from the Top of the South, contributed by the community and commissioned by the Prow. New stories will be added through the commemoration.

Topics: Research, Websites, Digital, August 14 Audience: local visitors, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: The Prow

A web-based project, commissioned by New Zealand Post, highlighting the vital role played by New Zealand’s postal system – the Internet of its time – during the First World War.

Members of the World War I Post & Telegraph Guard
Topics: Publications, Community contribution, Digital, History Audience: General, Organisational staff Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A series of essays and exhibitions on the role of New Zealand Police in the First World War will be available between August 2014 and November 2018.

A group of Wellington Police, 1914. New Zealand Police Museum Collection.
Topics: Digital, Events, Exhibitions, Conscientious objection, August 14 Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Porirua

Publication of a book about animals and birds in service during the First World War.

Topics: Books, Publications, Animals, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Waiouru

The Otago Settlers Association in conjunction with Toitū Otago Settlers Museum are producing a documentary following the journey of the Otago Infantry Regiment and Mounted Rifles 1914-1919.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Film, August 14, Documentaries, New Zealand Mounted Rifles Audience: local visitors, Tourists, Students, Teachers, General Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

Creating mini video-documentaries featuring local people singing or reading pieces that recall the First World War, along with interpretive panels.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Digital, Film, Documentaries, Exhibitions Audience: local visitors, General, Students, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Kapiti Coast

Historical book on the Taumaru Military Convalescent Hospital to be published online.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Books, Digital, Publications Located in: New Zealand, Lower Hutt
Organised by: Hutt City Libraries

Digitisation of 'The Mataura Ensign' newspapers from 1915 to 1919.

Topics: Digital, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: Family history researchers, historians, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Gore

Creating a digital community resource to preserve stories surrounding the impact of the First World War on the Buller district.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Digital, Online Cenotaph, Community contribution Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Westport
Organised by: Buller District Council

Jane Tolerton's book Ettie Rout: New Zealand’s safer sex pioneer details the achievements of a woman who pioneered safer sex initiatives for New Zealand troops in the First World War.

Topics: Books, Publications, Lottery Grant Recipients, Women in wartime Audience: General, historians, Historians of health and medicine Located in: Wellington

A collaborative project between Auckland Libraries and Communication students at Unitec, drawing on personal narratives and contemporary responses to bring to life events of this period. 

Topics: Digital, Events, Exhibitions, Education, Film Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

To commemorate the First World War centenary, Jonathan Grant Galleries will exhibit a collection of rare war artworks - including works by Nugent Welch and Peter McIntyre. Opens August 2014.

Nugent Welch, 'Ruins of Cloth Hall & Cathedral Y'pres 1918, Watercolour & pencil, 37 x 34 cm
Topics: Fine Art, Events, Exhibitions, Sculpture, August 14 Audience: General, museums, galleries, Artists Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Jonathan Grant Galleries

Glory Days magazine and the New Zealand Fashion Museum invite the public to submit photographs of people taken during the First and Second World Wars to feature in a print and online exhibition.

Topics: Photography, Events, Exhibitions Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

The Lake Taupo Genealogy group are undertaking a large research project tracing soldiers with links to the Taupo District who fought in the First World War, and telling their stories.

Topics: Online Cenotaph, Local history, Research, Digital Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Mangakino, New Zealand, Taupo, New Zealand, Turangi

A three-week exhibition and installation project at Depot Artspace, focusing on the impact of the First World War on the Devonport community. Opens March 2015.

Topics: Exhibitions, Events, Lottery Grant Recipients, Community contribution Audience: General, local visitors, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand, Devonport
Organised by: The Depot Artspace

The Home Front aims to show what the soldiers left behind and what life was like in the Taupo District during the years of the First World War.

Topics: Events, Lottery Grant Recipients, Exhibitions, Community contribution, Online Cenotaph Audience: General, Descendants, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Mangakino, New Zealand, Taupo, New Zealand, Turangi

An invitation to members of the Taupo District community to digitally share your memorabilia relating to the First World War, or tell the story of how the First World War impacted your family.

Topics: Digital, Local history, Lottery Grant Recipients, Community contribution, Online Cenotaph Audience: General, Descendants, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Mangakino, New Zealand, Taupo, New Zealand, Turangi

A book of portraits offering an extraordinary, evocative snapshot of New Zealanders facing the First World War.

Topics: Photography, Books, History, August 14 Audience: Students, Teachers, historians, General, Family history researchers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

An exhibition at Lakes District Museum & Gallery about Wakatipu people in the First World War - from those who eagerly enlisted, to those who baked, knitted and raised funds for others overseas.

Topics: Events, Exhibitions, October 14, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General, Students, Teachers, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Arrowtown, New Zealand, Queenstown

Highlights the contributions made by over 50 nurses from the East Coast/Hawke's Bay region who served overseas during the First World War in Egypt, France, England and Serbia.

Nursing sisters look out from the windows of a New Zealand Stationary Hospital hut in Wisques, France. Archives New Zealand ((Ref: ACGO 8398, IA76/13, H905, R22250303)
Topics: Publications, Research, Books, History, Medical care Audience: Nurses, General, Students, historians Located in: New Zealand, Gisborne, New Zealand, Napier

In commemoration of the First World War Centenary, MOTAT is celebrating the stories of the pilots who trained at the New Zealand Flying School in Auckland between 1915-19 before serving overseas.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, aviation, Digital, Community contribution, Online Cenotaph Audience: General, Students, Teachers, Genealogy, Pilots Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: MOTAT

Creating an education pack about the First World War for students years 7-10, focusing on the Canterbury region and Christchurch City Libraries resources. 

Topics: Education, Digital Audience: Teachers, Students, Schools, General Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch

A silent slideshow (inspired by the Berry photographic plates) of formal portraits taken of servicemen before they headed off to the unknown trials of war.

Topics: Anzac Day 2015, Photography, Local history, Film Audience: local visitors, General Located in: New Zealand, Feilding

A family history EXPO on 16-17 August 2014, Public Library, Paraparaumu; with a range of guests and agencies on hand to assist, plus stories and memories of the First World War.

Topics: Research, Local history, Community contribution, Events, August 14 Audience: Families, historians, local visitors, General Located in: New Zealand, Paraparaumu
Organised by: Kapiti Genealogy

First World War memorial monuments, obelisks, statues, Honours boards, plaques, gates of the Manawatu have been searched out, restored and recorded; ready for community ANZAC Day commemorations.

Feilding War Memorial
Topics: Memorials, Monuments, Heritage sites, Books, Anzac Day 2014 Audience: Community Groups Located in: Feilding, Palmerston North

Researching the lives of 100 men listed on five Wellington war memorials as "killed" during the First World War, on behalf of the Wellington Branch, New Zealand Society of Genealogists.

Aro valley war memorial
Topics: Memorials, Online Cenotaph, Research Audience: General, historians, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

The ANZAC Hall Club Society Incorporated is producing a set of four calendars as a limited edition over the period July 2014 to December 2018.

Wairarapa contingent leaving Masterton Station on 13 August 1914
Topics: Publications Audience: General, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Featherston

The Eastern Institute of Technology and Flinders University, Australia, are researching women teachers as volunteers in Egypt and Europe and those who kept schools open at home. 

Topics: research presentations, research papers Audience: Tertiary students, secondary students, Teachers

Creating a database in the form of an MS Excel spreadsheet of about 2000 entries (numerous with similar but not identical information). Most are newly identified writers of the documents.

Topics: Personal projects, Research, Digital, Online Cenotaph Audience: Researchers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Robert Cameron

Throughout the First World War Centenary, the University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services will add stories of its Collegians to a specially created website.

Topics: Digital, Online Cenotaph, August 14, Websites, Samoa Audience: General, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

An exhibition exploring an archive of printed souvenirs donated to the Dunedin Public Library after the First World War. July-September 2014.

Topics: Exhibitions, Digital, Events, August 14 Audience: local visitors, Students, Teachers, General Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin
Organised by: Dunedin Public Libraries

A beautiful book and online publication to record the stories of the 32 Audit Department staff who served during the First World War. Launched August 2014.

Topics: Books, Personal stories, Community contribution, Publications Audience: Organisational staff, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A collections-driven exhibition project that explores New Zealanders’ objects related to the First World War from both overseas and the home front.

Topics: Exhibitions, Community contribution, Websites, Digital Audience: museums, galleries, General

Developing a website and downloadable mobile application, and constructing a monument (unveiled April 2014) commemorating a First World War soldier from New Zealand.

An impression of the new statue
Topics: Heritage trails, Mobile, Overseas, Digital, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: local visitors, Tourists
Organised by: Messines Town Council

Researching and writing a historical publication on the Horowhenua district's First World War dead.

Levin war memorial
Topics: History, Lottery Grant Recipients, Online Cenotaph, Publications, Books Audience: General Located in: Levin

Creating a film sharing experiences of locals whose family members went to war; and a First World War-themed exhibition.

Woodville war memorial
Topics: Film, Events, Lottery Grant Recipients, Exhibitions Audience: General Located in: Woodville

Historical research and publication on the Eastbourne RSA and the district’s links with the First World War.

ANZAC memorial pohutukawa plaque, Eastbourne (Photo: Dr Stephen Clarke)
Topics: RSA, Lottery Grant Recipients, Publications, Research Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

The Last Maopo, a book to be officially launched on Anzac Day 2014, provides insight into the Māori experience of the First World War by retelling the life of Ngāi Tahu soldier Wiremu Maopo.

Members of the Pioneer Battalion performing a haka (H679)
Topics: Books, Maori, Lottery Grant Recipients, Anzac Day 2014, Publications Audience: Descendants, General, historians, iwi, whanau Located in: New Zealand, Hamilton
Organised by: The Tui Trust Board

Uncovering the stories in an album of 300 postcards collected by Elsie just before and during the First World War. There are postcards from family, soldiers and pen-pals.

Topics: Personal stories, Digital, Research, History Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by:

The New Zealand War Graves Trust, in association with the Auckland War Memorial Museum are creating a photographic archive of the war graves of all New Zealanders from 1899 to the present day. 

Topics: War Graves, Memorials, Digital, Lottery Grant Recipients, Publications Audience: General, Descendants, Families Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

The repatriation of film showing Kiwis at the European and home fronts held in overseas archives and the building of a shared Anzac website to showcase sounds and images of the War.

Topics: Digital, Lottery Grant Recipients, Film, Sound, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Digitisation of First World War personal and official photographs from the collections of the National Army Museum.

Diggers Hut at Gommecourt (NAM 1993.1031 (H883))
Topics: Digital, Photography, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Waiouru

Christchurch author Billy Barnz is researching and writing an historical publication on the foundation and history of the Dunedin Montecillo War Veterans Home and Hospital.

Topics: Books, Publications, Medical care, History, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch
Organised by: The Montecillo Trust

A database of all Westland people who served during the First World War to support commemorations of Westland's role in the war, developed by Hokitika Museum.

Topics: Digital, Online Cenotaph, Community contribution Audience: Teachers, secondary students, Volunteers, historians, Family history researchers Located in: New Zealand, Hokitika

Creating a website on the 'Fallen’ named on the Mt Hutt District Memorial Arch, Methven, and ‘The Survivors’ who returned to live in Methven area.

Methven memorial.
Topics: Research, Digital, Events, Online Cenotaph Audience: General, Descendants, Family history researchers Located in: New Zealand, Methven

We Will Remember Them is a series of commemorative books recording the final resting place of all known New Zealand First World War casualties.

Topics: Books, Photographs, Publications Audience: General, historians, Family history researchers
Organised by: Grant Tobin

A joint digitisation project between Auckland War Memorial Museum and Dunedin Public Libraries has led to a significant collection of New Zealand First World War troopship magazines online.

Topics: Research, Digital, Publications Audience: Researchers, Families, Teachers, Family history researchers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Ashburton

The Museum was funded to digitise First World War collection resources; provide a mobile service to capture archives within its district; and provide online access to the material.

Topics: Photography, Exhibitions, Digital, Lottery Grant Recipients, Events Audience: Family history researchers, Researchers, General Located in: New Zealand, Whakatane

Auckland Libraries has developed a research guide, which outlines the First World War resources available at Auckland Libraries and Auckland Council Archives.

Topics: Digital, Ressearch, Guides, Education, Conscientious objection Audience: Teachers, Students, General, Researchers, historians Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Auckland Council

Quick March was the official monthly publication of the New Zealand Returned Soldiers' Association between 1918 and 1923. Auckland Libraries are digitising it to make it available online.

Topics: Digital, History, RSA Audience: General, historians, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Auckland Council

Developing short publicly-accessible biographies of all South Cantabrians who served their country during the First World War, in order to record local stories and support commemorations.

Topics: Research, Digital, Online Cenotaph Audience: Researchers, Descendants, General, Family history researchers Located in: New Zealand, Fairlie, New Zealand, Geraldine, New Zealand, Temuka, New Zealand, Timaru, New Zealand, Waimate

An online exhibition and timeline to commemorate the centenary using documents and images from the Auckland Council Archives collection, plus indexing of names from war memorials.

Topics: Local history, Memorials, Digital Audience: Researchers, Families, General, Family history researchers Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Auckland Council

Publication of a local history book recording stories of soldiers listed on the new Te Puke First World War memorial. The book will be launched on Anzac Day 2014.

Topics: Memorials, Books, History, Anzac Day 2014, Publications Audience: General, local visitors, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Maketu, New Zealand, Ngawaro, New Zealand, Otamarakau, New Zealand, Paengaroa, New Zealand, Papamoa, New Zealand, Pongakawa, New Zealand, Te Puke

An online Research Guide that helps unlock the rich First World War content in the Alexander Turnbull Library - especially digital resources.

Topics: Research, Digital, Guides Audience: Students, Teachers, Researchers, Family history researchers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A blog for reviews of books on war written for children: stories that we need to remember, and should never forget.  

Topics: Websites, Publications, Education, Books Audience: Families, Teachers, Primary students, secondary students, General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Philippa Werry

Maps locating cemeteries which include graves or memorials for members of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force who died during the First World War.

Topics: Digital, War Graves, Publications Audience: Researchers, Tourists, Students, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Venture Southland is seeking the public’s help in the very first step of gathering knowledge of the whereabouts of all war memorials in the Southland region.

Colac Bay war memorial, Southland
Topics: Websites, Research, Digital Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Gore, New Zealand, Invercargill
Organised by: Venture Southland

This project is dedicated to re-examining the 'slanguage' given voice in the First World War, e.g. in troop magazines, as brought home to New Zealand and carried forward 100 years later.

Topics: Research, Digital Audience: General, historians, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Stephen Olsen

An on-line project to commemorate Southland’s role in the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915, and to honour the memory of all who served. Launched 4 July 2014.

Members of the 8th Southland Company, Otago Infantry Battalion
Topics: Websites, Lottery Grant Recipients, Digital, Research, Online Cenotaph Audience: Families, Researchers, Teachers, Students, General Located in: New Zealand, Invercargill

Researching relatives from the First World War. Have already researched one relative, my Great Uncle.

Topics: Research, Personal projects, Online Cenotaph Located in: France, Auckland
Organised by: Peter C Burridge

A children's book by Philippa Werry helping young New Zealanders fully understand contemporary commemorations of war.

Anzac poppy
Topics: Anzac Day, Publications, Books, children's books Audience: children

Digitising a wide selection of First World War letters and diaries held in the Manuscripts Collection of the Alexander Turnbull Library.

Topics: Personal stories, diaries, letters, Digital, Online Cenotaph Audience: Researchers, Tertiary students, secondary students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

The North Otago Museum is developing an online resource linking information on North Otago Memorial Oaks with the Cenotaph database and information from the Waitaki District Archives.

Topics: Memorials, Research, Digital, Online Cenotaph, Trees Audience: Teachers, Descendants, Family history researchers, General, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Oamaru
Organised by: North Otago Museum

An evolving collection offering onscreen remembrance of New Zealand and the 'Great War': classic full-length documentaries, short films, dramas and archive newsreels.

Topics: Websites, History, Film, Digital, Documentaries Audience: General, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: NZ On Screen

The Gibson Group, with funding from New Zealand on Air, has produced a First World War documentary series to mark the centenary of the war in 2014. On Prime, June-July 2014.

Topics: Documentaries, Film, History Audience: General, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

The Onward Project aims to publish a photograph of every member of the NZEF who served overseas during the First World War, as a memorial to their service.

Topics: Books, NZEF, Photography, Publications, Community contribution Audience: Students, General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Fair Dinkum Publications

A personal quest to show 100 postcards portraying New Zealand and her people during the First World War.

Topics: Personal projects, ANZAC, History, Photography, August 14 Audience: General, Families, Researchers, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Glenn Reddiex

Tauranga City Libraries are collecting the stories, photographs, letters and so on of locals connected with the First World War.

Topics: Digital, Local history, Personal stories, Heritage, Community contribution Audience: General Located in: Tauranga
Organised by: Tauranga City Libraries

History from the perspective of New Zealanders who experienced it. Daily tweets from diaries, letters, newspapers... shared 100 years later in 'real-time'. Join in!

Topics: History, Publications, Digital, Personal stories, Websites Audience: Students, Teachers, General, Families Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: WW100 Programme Office

Short films telling personal stories about New Zealanders affected by Gallipoli and the First World War. Broadcasting on TV3 from 18 April 2016.

Topics: August 14, Film, Digital, History, Conscientious objection Audience: Students, Teachers, General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

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

A book revealing the New Zealand soldier’s experience of the First World War, from general to private. Written by Professor Glyn Harper and launched in August 2015.

Topics: Books, History, First World War Centenary History Programme, Publications Audience: General, historians Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Massey University

A website which allowed visitors to follow the historic 1913 cruise of the battleship HMS New Zealand online in "real-time". Decommissioned in 2014.

HMS New Zealand on the Waitemata Harbour. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 35-R1148.
Topics: Digital, History, Publications, Websites Audience: Families, General, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

Building up a list of casualties and injuries from Greymouth and area, using various sources.

Topics: Research Located in: Greymouth

Follow a personal journey to visit 100 New Zealand First World War memorials and tell some of the fallen's stories on a blog by August 2014.

Paeroa Memorial photographed by Helen Vail.
Topics: Personal projects, Websites, Research, Digital, Publications Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Helen Vail

The redeveloped Cenotaph database, Online Cenotaph, includes a page about every New Zealand soldier who served in the First World War.

Topics: Websites, Community contribution, Digital, Online Cenotaph, Legacy projects Audience: Families, Researchers, Teachers, Students, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

An online resource telling a modern and accessible story about the New Zealand Division's role at the Western Front.

Topics: New Zealand Division, Websites, Digital Audience: Teachers, secondary students, Descendants, Tourists, Organisations
Organised by: newzealanddivision.org

Online and mobile historical content – including free apps, plus improving New Zealand-related information and signage at overseas battlefields and associated museums.

Ngā Tapuwae logo
Topics: Heritage trails, Legacy projects, Western Front, Gallipoli, Overseas activities Audience: Tourists, General, Families

New Zealand’s most comprehensive online resource on New Zealand and the First World War. Redesigned in August 2014.

Topics: Websites, History, Digital, August 14 Audience: General, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Part of the First World War centenary history programme, this printed overview of New Zealanders’ experiences on the Western Front was published in September 2016.

Topics: Books, History, First World War Centenary History Programme, Western Front, Publications Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Introducing the first detailed history of New Zealand’s hospital ships.

A tinted postcard of the hospital ship Maheno. Courtesy of Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand (Ref: Eph-B-POSTCARD-vol-4-041)
Topics: Books, History, First World War Centenary History Programme, Medical care, Publications Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

The first of its kind for New Zealand – New Zealand and the First World War by Damien Fenton – dynamically illustrates 50 key episodes of our wartime life. Launched November 2013.

Ion Brown, The battle of Chunuk Bair, 8 August 1915, oil on canvas
Topics: Books, History, First World War Centenary History Programme, Publications Audience: General, Students, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

The Auckland First World War Heritage Trail marks 56 sites of significance to the region's role in the First World War.

Topics: Heritage trails, Digital, Mobile Audience: General, Students, Teachers Located in: Auckland
Organised by: Auckland Council

Share and explore stories about servicemen and women with Plimmerton (Wellington) connections who served in the First World War.

The Thomson Family June 1916
Topics: Personal stories, Digital, History, Online Cenotaph, Research Audience: General Located in: Plimmerton

A broad-ranging book combining history and heritage to tell the story of New Zealand’s home front experiences.

Detail from the book's cover, showing fortifications at Auckland's North Head
Topics: Books, Publications, History, First World War Centenary History Programme Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Te Papa is seeking to identify 108 First World War soldiers in portraits by Wellington photographers Berry & Co. Exhibition opens 18 April 2014.

Portrait of a soldier (perhaps Bolton) and female companion, taken in around 1917 by Berry & Co. Image source: Te Papa.
Topics: NZEF, Photography, Events, Online Cenotaph, Digital Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington