NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

Activities & Projects

WW100 will mark the Battle of Passchendaele with a national commemorative programme held in Wellington on Thursday 12 October.

Topics: Passchendaele, Events, Commemorations, Ceremonies Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: WW100 Programme Office

A commemorative ceremony marking the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele will be held at Auckland Museum on 12 October 2017 at 11am.

Topics: Passchendaele, Passchendaele Auckland, Commemorations, Ceremonies Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Auckland Museum

Christchurch Memorial RSA will host a remembrance parade and service to mark the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele. 12 October 2017, 10.40am.

Topics: Passchendaele, Parade, Commemorations, Ceremonies Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch

Tours and a sunset ceremony will be held to mark the centenary of the Battle of Broodseinde, where 492 NZ men died, including All Black captain Dave Gallaher. Eden Park, Auckland, 4 Oct 2017, 6.30pm.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Passchendaele, Passchendaele Auckland Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

A Field of Remembrance of 2412 crosses will be established at Auckland Domain for the New Zealanders who died in the Third Battle of Ypres, 5 Oct 2017, 10am.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Passchendaele Auckland, Passchendaele Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

A remembrance ceremony will be held at Auckland Domain's Field of Remembrance to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele. 12 Oct 2017, 10am.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Passchendaele Auckland, Passchendaele Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

The Passchendaele Field of Remembrance at Auckland Domain will be disestablished, beginning with a blessing ceremony. 20 Oct 2017, 10am.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Passchendaele Auckland, Passchendaele Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

A national commemorative programme will be held in Wellington to mark the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele on 12 October 2017, begining at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park from 3pm.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Passchendaele, national commemorations Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: WW100 Programme Office

Hop aboard at Wellington and journey up the coast to Paekakariki as the train returns after a series of journeys marking the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele. 15 October 2017, 3:15pm.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Passchendaele, train Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Te Papa

A memorial service marking the 99th anniversary of the signing of the armistice. Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland, 11 November 2017, 11am.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

A ceremony to mark the Battle of Passchendaele where 843 New Zealanders died in a single day. Sheffield Domain, Sheffield, Selwyn. 12 October 2017, 2pm.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Passchendaele Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Springfield
Organised by: Sheffield Domain

An afternoon tea for descendants of First World War veterans to remember those who served in the Battle of Passchendaele. Mt Maunganui RSA, Mt Maunganui, 8 October 2017, 2 p.m.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Passchendaele Audience: general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Mt Maunganui
Organised by: Mt Maunganui RSA

An Armistice Day parade will be held at the Blenheim War Memorial, Blenheim, 11 November 2017, 11am.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies Audience: general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Blenheim
Organised by: Blenheim War Memorial

South Wairarapa District Council, Featherston Memorial RSA and the wider community are commemorating the centenary of the Battle of Messines on 7 June 2017 at 1pm.

Topics: Messines, Commemorations, Ceremonies Audience: general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Featherston

A commemorative service marking the centenary of the Battle of Messines will be held at Auckland War Memorial Museum, Wednesday 7 June 2017 at 11am.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Auckland, Messines Audience: general audiences, Auckland public Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Auckland Council

A remembrance ceremony at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington at 11 am on 7 June 2017 to mark the centenary of the Battle of Messines.

Topics: Messines, Events, Commemorations, Ceremonies, Western Front, Belgium Audience: General, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A monument to commemorate the centenary of the sinking of the New Zealand Shipping Company vessel SS Otaki on 10 March 1917, unveiled by the Governor General at Ōtaki College.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Memorials, Merchant Marine, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General, Local residents, local community, School students Located in: Otaki
Organised by: Ōtaki College

A ceremony to unveil a commemorative plaque near France's future memorial at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Wellington, will be held on 18 November 2016.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Memorials, France, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A march and series of ceremonies at parliament to remember the contribution that Cook Island soldiers made to the First World War. In Wellington on 16 November 2016.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Cook Islands, Commemorations Audience: Descendants, Pacific cultures Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: CISWWO Committee

A service to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, at Timaru Botanic Gardens on 18 September 2016.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Somme Audience: General, Local residents, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Timaru

Join the residents of Radius Fulton Care Centre, Dunedin, on 15 September 2016 as they remember those who fought in the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Somme, Commemorations Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

A ceremony of remembrance will be held at the Auckland War Memorial Museum on the centenary of New Zealand's entry to the battle: 15 September.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Somme Audience: General, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

Join students from a French and a New Zealand high school as they commemorate the first day of the Battle of the Somme, with songs, poems and readings, at Auckland Museum on 1 July 2016.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Somme, Events, France Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

A remembrance service at Nelson's Founders Heritage Park on the centenary of New Zealand's entry into the Battle of the Somme, 15 September 2016.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Somme, Events, remembrance Audience: General, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: Founders Heritage Park

A small exhibition and service of remembrance to mark the centenary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme at Remuera Rackets Club, Auckland, on 1 July 2016.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Somme, Exhibitions Audience: General, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Remuera Rackets Club

A commemorative service to mark the centenary of the opening of New Zealand No.1 Hospital at Brockenhurst, held at All Saints Garrison Church, Burnham Military Camp, on 29 June 2016.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Brockenhurst, Health and hygiene at war, Medical care, Events Audience: Descendants, Historians of health and medicine Located in: New Zealand, Rolleston

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 re-enactment of the Kaikoura Mounted Riders leaving to join the Canterbury Mounted Rifles contingent at Kaikoura's Anzac Day commemorations on 25 April 2016.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Horses, reenactmnents, Anzac Day 2016 Audience: General, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Kaikoura
Organised by:

To mark the centenary year of the Battle of the Somme, a commemorative tree will be planted in the Matata Rest Area on 5 March 2016.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Memorials, Trees, Somme Audience: General, Local residents
Organised by:

This exhibition has a focus on the men from Blenheim who served in the First World War, and local Marlborough context of the day. Held at Bookworld, Blenheim, 12-14 February 2016.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Exhibitions, Local history Audience: Local residents, General, historians, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Blenheim

A programme of commemorative events surround the unveiling of the New Zealand Tunnelling Company memorial dedication in Waihi's Gilmour Reserve on 22 January 2015.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Tunnellers, Memorials, New Zealand Tunnelling Company Audience: General, Descendants, Local residents, historians Located in: New Zealand, Waihi
Organised by:

This event is pay tribute to New Zealand and Australian parliamentary staff who enlisted and served in the First World War. Held at Wellington's Cenotaph on 20 January 2016.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Parliament, Australia Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Parliamentary Service

From 11 November - 2 December 2015, over 860 light poles will cover Wellington's Appleton Park, lighting up in the wind, and representing Wellingtonians who lost their lives at Gallipoli.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Memorials, Gallipoli, Fields of Remembrance Audience: General, Arts appreciators, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Chris Bennewith

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
Organised by:

On 8 November 2015, Christ Church in Whangarei will host two services to remember the lives of all those lost in war.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Church, Religion, peace, Events Located in: New Zealand, Whangarei
Organised by: Christ Church

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

An open air service to commemorate Armistice Day on 11 November 2015 at the Blenheim War Memorial in Seymour Square. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Commemorative events, Armistice Audience: General, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Blenheim
Organised by:

More than seventy members of 5/7 Battalion, RNZIR, will conduct a charter parade in Stratford on 8 August 2015 to mark the centenary of the Battle for Chunuk Bair.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Military, Chunuk Bair Audience: Local residents, military Located in: New Zealand, Stratford
Organised by:

Armistice in Cambridge commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice which ended the First World War. Held at Mighty River Domain, Cambridge, on 7-8 November 2015.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Commemorative events, Armistice Audience: General, historians, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Cambridge
Organised by:

Join Auckland War Memorial Museum on 8 August 2015 to commemorate the Battle of Chunuk Bair with a commemoration service, a presentation of ANZAC images, poetry, waiata and theatre.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Chunuk Bair, Performing Arts, Public Talks & Tours Audience: General, Local residents, Families, Arts appreciators, theatre goers Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

Join The Great War Exhibition and New Zealand Cricket Museum in Wellington as they commemorate Hāmi Grace and the centenary of the battle in which he died, Chunuk Bair, on 8 August 2015.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Chunuk Bair, Cricket, Gallipoli Audience: General, historians, Sports People, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: The Great War Exhibition

Join the Wellington City Council and the Wellington RSA to pay tribute to the many soldiers that lost their lives on 8 August 1915 with a dawn service at the Cenotaph one hundred years on.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Chunuk Bair, Commemorations, Services Audience: General, Descendants, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A commemorative concert and display to commemorate 100 years since the battle for Chunuk Bair began. At the Dannevirke Town Hall on 8 August 2015.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Exhibitions, Chunuk Bair, Commemorations Audience: General, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Dannevirke
Organised by:

Dannevirke & Districts RSA are planning a Lone Pine in commemoration of Chunuk Bair, near the Cenotaph in the Dannevirke Domain on 8 August 2015.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Chunuk Bair, Trees Audience: General, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Dannevirke

The South Canterbury WWOne Centenary Committee are holding a service to commemorate the battle for Hill 60 in Gallipoli at Timaru's Botanical Gardens on 23 August 2015.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Hill 60, Gallipoli Audience: General, Local residents, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Timaru

A ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the planting of pohutukawas “in commemoration of the brave deeds done by our soldiers in Gallipoli” in Eastbourne, on 14 July 2015.

Topics: Memorials and Monuments, Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, ANZAC, Trees Audience: General, returned service veterans, Local residents, School children Located in: New Zealand, Lower Hutt
Organised by: Easbourne Memorial RSA

The national ceremony to mark the centenary of the battle for Chunuk Bair during the 1915 Gallipoli Campaign will take place on 8 August 2015 at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Chunuk Bair, Commemorative events, Gallipoli Audience: General, Descendants, local visitors, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

An Anzac Day service at the Greendale Memorial Gates, Darfield, followed by afternoon tea and a display of First World War memorabilia, on 25 April 2015.

Topics: Events, Commemorative events, Commemorations, Ceremonies, Anzac Day 2015, displays Audience: General, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Darfield
Organised by:

A parade and dawn service to commemorate Anzac Day on this special anniversary. The service will be held outside the Upper Hutt Civic Centre, 25 April 2015.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Parades, Events, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, veterans, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Upper Hutt
Organised by: Upper Hutt City Council

The Rotorua District Field of Remembrance will be installed in Government Gardens between 23 - 28 April 2015 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings by ANZAC troops.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Fields of Remembrance, Anzac Day 2015, Local history Audience: General, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Rotorua

All visitors to Auckland's Sky Tower are invited to take part in their special commemorative activities between 20 and 27 April 2015.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Children, Kids, Holidays Audience: General, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Category: Other
Organised by: Sky Tower

Guided bus journeys around Kaeo's local urupa, cemetery and historic sites will be offered on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st April 2015.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Tours, Heritage sites Audience: General, historians Located in: New Zealand, Kaeo
Category: Tours or trails

Barge journeys around historic sites in Whangaroa Harbour will be available between 10 and 2 on Thursday 23 April 2015.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Tours, Events, Heritage sites Audience: General, Local residents, historians Located in: New Zealand, Kaeo
Category: Tours or trails
Organised by:

A free concert performed by The Band of the Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery marking the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign. At Titirangi War Memorial Hall on 19 April 2015.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, bands, Music, Events Audience: General, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

Bermuda commemorates the centenary of the Gallipoli landings on 25 April 2015 with a dawn service, an afternoon commemoration for an NZEF Private, and an Anzac dinner.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Anzac Day 2015, Overseas Audience: General
Organised by: Jane Chapman

On the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum in Devonport invites you to come and share in our Anzac Day 2015 commemorations.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Anzac Day 2015, Events Audience: General, Families Located in: New Zealand, Devonport
Organised by: Torpedo Bay Navy Museum

A street parade of vintage and veteran military vehicles heading from Thames' main street to the Thames Racecourse, where a battle reenactment will take place, on 11 April 2015.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Vintage Cars, Vintage Planes Audience: General, Families, historians Located in: New Zealand, Thames
Organised by: Thames Lions Club

The UCSA will be hosting an Anzac Day service on the University of Canterbury campus to enable the university community to join together to honour all of those who have served in warfare.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Anzac Day 2015, Events, Canterbury Audience: Students Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch

An Anzac service at Wellington's Roseneath street memorial at 10 am on 25 April 2015, followed by a concert at Roseneath Longhall.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Anzac Day 2015, Concert, Commemorative events Audience: General, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Wellington City Council

Join us at the Hamilton City Council for the unveiling of “The Line of Fire” – a commemorative artwork by Hon Captain Matt Gauldie – on 27 March 2015.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Art, war art, Events Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Hamilton
Organised by: Hamilton City Council

Our suburb's 2015 Anzac Day commemorative service will take place on Brooklyn School grounds, followed by a march down to the Brooklyn Community Centre for light refreshments.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Anzac Day 2015, Services, Events Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by:

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

The Mt Wellington/Panmure RSA 2015 Anzac Day commemorations include a dawn parade with live music and entertainment throughout the evening.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, RSA, Anzac Day 2015 Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

A special commemoration service for our community run by students and staff on Friday 24th April at 9:30am.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Anzac Day 2015, Events Audience: Teachers, Students, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Whakatane
Organised by: Otakiri School

Join us for this service of worship at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Ashburton, on 19 April 2015 to commemorate Anzac Day and 100th anniversary of Gallipoli.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Commemorations, Church, Events, Anzac Day 2015 Located in: New Zealand, Ashburton

A spectacular parade commemorating the centenary of the Gallipoli landings, featuring military personnel and vintage war machinery, will weave its way through Wellington on 24 April 2015.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Parades, Vintage Cars, Events, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Wellington City Council

A week-long programme of events in Wellington – including ceremonies, a street parade and light show – to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. 18-25 April 2015.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Parade, Events, Memorials, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Commemorating the march that 60,000 of New Zealand's First World War troops made over the Rimutakas from Featherston Camp to Upper Hutt with a re-enactment march and a memorial.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Parades, Military camps, Events, Memorials Audience: General, Descendents, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Featherston, New Zealand, Upper Hutt

Visitors to Rotorua Museum can reflect and to commemorate all those who have served their country with an early opening and programme of events this Anzac Day.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Film, Anzac Day 2015, Events, Museums Audience: General, Descendents, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Rotorua
Organised by: Rotorua Museum

A weekend of commemoration, reflection, education and family fun to mark the centennial of the Gallipoli landings. Around Nelson between 25 and 27 April 2015.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Anzac Day 2015, Events, Commemorative events Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: Nelson City Council

Rotorua's Anzac Day Civic Memorial Service will be held at 9.30am on Saturday 25 April 2015 at the Energy Events Centre.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Commemorations, Events, Parades, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Rotorua
Organised by: Rotorua District Council

The Torpedo Bay Navy Museum's WW100 Commemoraitve Pavilion and A.D. Boyle Room, opening on 7 March 2015, will be the first national memorial dedicated to naval service.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, naval history, Events, Commemorative events Audience: General, Families Located in: New Zealand, Devonport
Organised by: Torpedo Bay Navy Museum

Mark the centennial of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 by attending this special commemoration dawn service at Nelson's Trafalgar Park.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Commemorations, Anzac Day 2015, Events Audience: General, Families Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: Nelson City Council

A special centennial Anzac service with representatives from the armed and community uniformed services and cadet units at Nelson Christ Church Cathedral, Sunday 26 April 2015.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Services, Events, Commemorative events, Anzac Day 2015 Located in: New Zealand, Nelson

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
Organised by:

Come to a vigil at Wellington's Cathedral of St Paul on Friday 24 April 2015 to remember those who have died in war, and give thanks for those who served.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Church, Ceremonies, Religion, Events Audience: General, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Cathedral of St Paul

A commemorative service to remember not only Scottish Society members and sons of members who enlisted but all New Zealanders. At Christchurch's Scottish Society Hall, 10 May 2015.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Scottish Audience: Community Groups Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch
Organised by: Scottish Society Hall

Commemorating Remembrance Sunday at Auckland War Memorial Museum this year are dance troupe Feisty Feet and Auckland Girls’ Choir. Held in the WWI Sanctuary on 13 November 2016.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, choral, dance Audience: Schools, General, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Auckland