NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

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A talk arguing that Anzac Day should be used to remember all aspects of the First World War, not just the traditional ones. Held at Te Manawa, Palmerston North on 20 Apr 2017.

Topics: Events, Public talks and tours Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North

Come and celebrate the book launch of Balls, Bullets and Boots, and hear from former CDF Sir Bruce Ferguson, this Armistice Day at Palmerston North's Convention Centre, 11 November 2016.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, rugby, Books, Publications Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North
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Special commemorative event in collaboration with Massey University, featuring Ashley Ekins, Australian War Memorial military historian, at Palmerston North Central Library on 8 August 2016.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, Chunuk Bair, Gallipoli, History Audience: historians Located in: Palmerston North
Organised by: Massey University

A presentation by Professor Glyn Harper on the New Zealand Division on the Somme, September-October 1916. Palmerston North Central Library, Palmerston North, 14 September 2016.

Topics: Somme, Battle of the Somme Audience: General, historians Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North

Anzac themed stories followed by a creative paper or clay poppy craft at Palmerston North Central Library, on 21 April 2016.

Topics: Children, Kids, Holidays, Events, Anzac Day 2016, poppies, craft Audience: children, Families Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North

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

This performance installation, set in the trenches in 1916, uses original music, puppetry, projection mapping, and live and virtual words. At Te Manawa, 27-28 February 2016.

Topics: Theatre, Events, Theatrical performances, Soldiers Audience: General, children, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North

An Armistice Day commemorative service at the Cenotaph, followed by the launch of the street-naming initiative 'Poppy Places' at the Central Library on 11 November 2015.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Commemorative events, Armistice, Local history Audience: General, Local residents, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North
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What was it like to be a first-generation German-Kiwi serving in the NZEF during the First World War? Find out at Palmerston North Public Library on 5 November 2015.

Topics: History, Events, Germany, Soldiers, Samoa Audience: historians, General, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North

Listen to stories of rugby in the First World War told by Clive Akers, Evan Torrance and Geoff Watson at Te Manawa Museum, Palmerston North, on 11 November 2015.

Topics: Events, Public Talks & Tours, rugby, Sport, History Audience: Sports People, General, children Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North

Professor Glyn Harper talks about the make-up of the NZ soldier in the First World War; who they were and where they came from. At Te Manawa in Palmerston North, 15 October 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, History, Soldiers Audience: General, historians, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North

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

The Palmerston North Choral Society presents a programme commemorating Gallipoli, the First World War and the sorrow arising from conflict at St Peter's Anglican Church 20 June 2015.

Topics: Choir, Vocal Music, Events, choral, Performing Arts, Gallipoli Audience: General, classical music lovers, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North

Come and listen to this informative and interesting presentation by Lieutenant Colonel Cliff Simons, PhD, at the Palmerston North Central Library on 25 June 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, Gallipoli, History, Education Audience: General, historians, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North

Posters and paintings looking at Manawatu preparing and returning from war. At Palmerston North's Vault Gallery from 30 April - 26 May 2015.

Topics: Events, Exhibitions, Local history, Art Audience: General, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North
Organised by: Vault Gallery

An exciting digital, interactive and multilingual exhibition commemorating the First World War at Palmerston North Central Library, from 20 April - 5 May 2015.

Topics: Events, France, Exhibitions Audience: General, Francophiles Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North

A workshop in central Palmerston North where contributors make a poppy from tissue paper for Anzac day, between 10-18 April 2015.

Topics: poppies, Events, Craft & Object Art, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, Families Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North

On 21 April 2015, come celebrate the launch of Palmerston North City Libraries' new website dedicated to the contributions our local community and beyond made to the First World War.

Topics: online resources, Events, Local history Audience: local visitors, General, historians, Students, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North
Category: Other

Enter Palmerston North City Libraries' Anzac biscuit baking competition on 22 April 2015.

Topics: Food, Gourmet, Wine, Events Audience: Bakers, General Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North
Category: Other

Come along to Palmerston North Central Library and listen to a lunchtime talk about the wartime input of New Zealand nurses serving overseas, 23 April 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, nurses, History Audience: Nurses, General, historians Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North

Join Peter Olsen on a bus tour of a selection of the more than 50 First World War memorials that dot the Manawatu landscape. Departing from Palmerston North on 26 April 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, Memorials, Local history, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, historians, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North
Category: Tours or trails

Hear historian Glyn Harper talk about the quality of the food given to the New Zealand soldiers at Gallipoli.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, History, Events, Gallipoli Audience: historians, Genealogists, General Located in: New Zealand, Hastings, New Zealand, Palmerston North
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The Unity Singers present a collection of favourites from the First and Second World War at Palmerston North's Regent on Broadway, Sunday 10 May 2015.

Topics: Choir, Vocal Music, Songs, Music, Events Audience: Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North
Organised by: Unity Singers

Travel with Steam Incorporated on this Anzac Weekend excursion to the Central Plateau, hauled by the First World War memorial locomotive Ab608 “Passchendaele".

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Passchendaele, railway, Events, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: local visitors, Tourists, General Located in: New Zealand, Feilding, New Zealand, Ohakune, New Zealand, Palmerston North, New Zealand, Waiouru
Category: Other
Organised by: Steam Incorporated

Bring the kids along to hear stories and poems about Anzac Day and why we use poppies to remember the fallen soldiers. Palmerston North Central Library, 17 April 2015.

Topics: Children, Kids, Holidays, poppies, Education, Events Audience: children Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North

Come and listen to a presentation by Colonel Nick Gillard on the subject of The Somme, September-October 1916. At Palmerston North Central Library, 5 March 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, Western Front, Somme, History Audience: General, historians Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North

Palmerston North's Community Arts invites you to take part in its Anzac reflections of life at home during 1914 to 1918. At Square Edge from Friday 24 April to Monday 11 May.

Topics: Home front, community participation, Community contribution, Events, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, School children, School students, Students, Families Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North
Category: Other
Organised by: Community Arts

Travel with Steam Incorporated on this special Anzac excursion one way from Wellington to Paekakariki on Anzac Day 2016.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Anzac Day 2016 Audience: General, Families Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North, New Zealand, Wellington
Category: Tours or trails
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This memorial at the Awapuni Racecourse in Palmerston North recognises New Zealand Medical Corps personnel who served during the First World War and is in need of refurbishment.

Topics: Memorials and Monuments, Restoration projects, Health and hygiene at war, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: historians, Historians of health and medicine, General Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North

Sir Hew Strachan shares his views on the First World War. Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North. 27 August 2014.

Topics: Events, August 14 Audience: historians, Students, Researchers, General Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North

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

The first Wairarapa volunteers left from Masterton on August 13 1914, an event that will be re-enacted 100 years later. Masterton Town Square, Masterton, 13 August 2014.

Topics: Events, Re-enactments, August 14 Audience: local visitors, Descendants, General Located in: New Zealand, Carterton, New Zealand, Featherston, New Zealand, Masterton, New Zealand, Palmerston North

Capital E National Theatre for Children's An Awfully Big Adventure explores the First World War in context and its impact on New Zealanders. Accessible to students aged 8+, touring in 2014.

Topics: Education, Events, Performing Arts, Theatre, August 14 Audience: Students, School students, Teachers, Families, Schools Located in: New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand, Christchurch, New Zealand, Dunedin, New Zealand, Hamilton, New Zealand, Invercargill, New Zealand, Manukau, New Zealand, Napier, New Zealand, Nelson, New Zealand, New Plymouth, New Zealand, Palmerston North

Centrepoint Theatre premieres The War Artist, a play based on the painting "Burial Party at Bellevue near Solesme" by war artist George Butler. On from 15 March-12 April 2014.

"Burial Party at Bellevue near Solesme" by George Butler, one of New Zealand's official war artists.
Topics: Events, Theatre, Performing Arts Audience: secondary students, General, Descendants, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North
Organised by: Centrepoint Theatre

Balls, Bullets and Boots explores the impact that the First World War hostilities had on New Zealand’s signature sport and its sportspeople.

Dave Gallaher
Topics: Sports, Events, Lottery Grant Recipients, Touring exhibitions Audience: General, Families Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North