NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

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Following Anzac Day, historians give their perspectives on the First World War, with an emphasis on events in 1917. At Te Papa, on 26 April 2017.

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

A conference organised by the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies and the Labour History Project to be held at Rutherford House, Wellington, 31 Aug-2 Sep 2017.

Topics: Conference, Education, Events Audience: General, historians, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Rutherford House

A workshop for those interested in researching First World War soldiers at Lower Hutt War Memorial Library, on 11 April 2017.

Topics: Events, Workshops, Soldiers, Education Located in: New Zealand, Lower Hutt
Organised by: Hutt City Libraries

In this workshop, you'll get an overview of the Measuring the ANZACs project and an introduction to its use in teaching NZ history and social studies. At Wellington High School on 22 July 2016.

Topics: Education, History, Events, Public Talks & Tours, Websites Audience: Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Measuring the ANZACs

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

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
Organised by:

Learn how to search for and download New Zealand's First World War soldier records from Archives NZ at Papakura's Sir Edmund Hillary Library on 22 April 2016.

Topics: Education, Events, Family History, Research, Soldiers Audience: Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Papakura
Organised by: Auckland Libraries

Discover how to access and interpret First World War records at these hands-on workshops at various Lower Hutt libraries between 19-29 April 2016.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Workshops, Events, Education Audience: Descendants, historians, family historians Located in: New Zealand, Lower Hutt
Organised by: Hutt City Libraries

In March 2016, Peter Kennedy presents a lecture series on New Zealand’s involvement on the Western Front in Mosgiel, Gore, Christchurch and Auckland.

Topics: Events, History, Education Audience: General, historians Located in: New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand, Christchurch, New Zealand, Dunedin, New Zealand, Gore
Organised by: Innovative Travel

Four murals of the "Fields of Remembrance" banners have been externally mounted on a wall at the Ngaruawahia RSA to honour the men and women of Ngaurawahia who served in the First World War

Topics: Education, Lottery Grant Recipients, RSA, Local history, remembrance Audience: General, local visitors, Local residents, Schools, Individuals / Families Located in: New Zealand, Ngaruawahia
Category: Other

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:

On 24 September 2015, the National Library hosts a talk by Dr Mark Sheehan on how young people are seldom encouraged to think critically about what Gallipoli means to them nowadays.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, History, Events, ANZAC, Education Audience: Teachers, General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

An interactive and multi-sensory exhibition commemorating the First World War.  The exhibit will be mobile with capacity to be transported throughout the Western Bay of Plenty sub region.

Topics: Exhibitions, Education, History, Homefront, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: Youth, Schools, veterans, General, Students

Join the Garden Place Library in Hamilton for a series of talks on various aspects of the Home Front in the Waikato during the First World War, between 6 August and 10 September 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, History, Education, Local history Audience: General, historians, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Hamilton
Organised by: Hamilton City Libraries

A talk by Dr Limin Bai about an influential Chinese scholar's re-evaluation of the West after a visit to the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, on 23 July 2015 at the National Library in Wellington.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, History, Education Audience: General, historians, Scholars Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Join an Auckland Museum Human History Educator as they shares stories of the soldier experience at Gallipoli, as told through some amazing Museum collection objects. Through July 2015.

Topics: Museums, Public Talks & Tours, Events, Education Audience: Students, children Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

Gary Oakley, Indigenous Liaison Officer at the Australian War Memorial Museum, shares Australian Aboriginal stories from the First World War at Gisborne's Tairawhiti Museum, 24 June 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, Australia, Aboriginal Australians, Education Audience: General, historians Located in: New Zealand, Gisborne
Organised by: Tairawhiti Museum

Students and teachers from five schools will present projects created as part of the French/NZ Shared Histories programme at Wellington's National Library on 12 June 2015.

Topics: Education, Schools, France, Events Audience: School students, Students, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A free history talk on 'The Dominion’s “Hun Question” - Enemy aliens and the New Zealand experience during the Great War' at Wellington's: ASB House, 3 June 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, History, Education, Events, Germany Audience: historians, General, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Dr. Armoudian presents a talk on the Armenian Genocide and its historiography at the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand, Wellington, on 31 May 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Education, Events Audience: historians, General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Graeme Wilson will review where New Zealand forces served in both World Wars and will show you how to access and interpret military records. At Waitakere Central Library, 9 June 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, family histories, Genealogy, Education, Events Audience: Families, Descendants, Genealogists Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

Why is the Gallipoli Campaign so dear to New Zealand and Australia? A panel of historians discuss what’s real and what’s myth at Te Papa on 17 May 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Gallipoli, Events, History, Education Audience: General, historians, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Te Papa

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

Family History Librarian Seonaid Lewis looks at the different types of First World War documents available for family research. At West Auckland Research Center, 12 May 2015.

Topics: Events, Research, family histories, Education Audience: Genealogists, family historians Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by:

Well known author Dr George Davis will talk on the origins and observance of Anzac Day. At Dunedin's Hocken Library, 13 May 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, Anzac Day, History, Education Audience: General, historians Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin
Organised by:

This free public lecture at the National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, looks at the  abundance of meanings layered upon the First World War throughout history. On 6 May 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, History, Education Audience: historians, General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Part three in a three-part public lecture series commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War. This lecture on Shakespeare in war is at Te Awamutu RSA on 16 May 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Education, Events Audience: General, historians, Students Located in: New Zealand, Te Awamutu

Part two in a three-part public lecture series commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War. This lecture on the liberation of Le Quesnoy is at Te Awamutu RSA on 9 May 2015.

Topics: Events, Education, France, History, Public Talks & Tours Audience: General, historians, Students Located in: New Zealand, Te Awamutu

Part one in a three-part public lecture series commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War. This lecture on poetry, protest, and war is at Te Awamutu RSA on 2 May 2015.

Topics: Education, Public Talks & Tours, Events Audience: General, Students, historians Located in: New Zealand, Te Awamutu

In honour of Anzac Day, Explorers' GamesMaster Wayne McDougall will present on games, strategy and their relationship to war in history. At Mt Albert Presbyterian Church, 25 April 2015.

Topics: Events, Children, Kids, Holidays, Anzac Day 2015, Education Audience: children Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

Discover how to access and interpret First World War personnel records at these hands-on workshops at various Hutt City libraries in April and May 2015.

Topics: Education, Events, Soldiers, Workshops Audience: historians, Genealogists Located in: New Zealand, Lower Hutt
Organised by: Hutt City Libraries

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

Visit the Nelson libraries between 20 April - 31 May 2015 for a range of First World War commemorative displays, talks & events.

Topics: Education, Events, displays, Public Talks & Tours, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: Nelson Public Libraries

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

The Great War Exhibition commemorates the very significant part that New Zealand played in the First World War. On now at Wellington's Dominion Museum Building.

Topics: Museums, Exhibitions, History, Education, Events Audience: General, Students, Teachers, local visitors, Tourists Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by:

A play that transports audiences aged 8-14 back to the First World War. Playing in Wellington on 20 and 21 March 2015 as part of the Capital E National Arts Festival.

Topics: Theatre, Education, Events, Performing Arts Audience: School students, Students, Teachers, Families, Schools Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Capital E

A conference at Auckland's St Columba Centre on Saturday 8 November to look at how and why we remember the First World War.

Topics: Education, Conferences, Commemoration, rememberence, peace Audience: General, historians Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: St Columba Centre

A 2015 Diploma of Goldsmithing & Jewellery student project to design and make a medal with both face and obverse face commemorating New Zealand’s First World War Centenary.

Topics: Medals, Design, Education Audience: Students Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

This annual competition is organised by the Taupo Sculpture Trust. This year's design theme is the First World War. Finalists on display at Taupo Museum, 13-23 September 2014.

Topics: Sculpture, youth, Competitions, Events, Education Located in: New Zealand, Taupo

An education expo profiling First World War resources and learning programmes on offer for WW100. For primary and secondary teachers. Te Papa, 6 September 2014.

Topics: Education, Public talks and tours, Events Audience: Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

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

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

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

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

Lincoln University is undertaking various WW100 projects on an on-going basis through the centenary period, starting with a photograph unveiling ceremony on Monday 4 August 2014.

Topics: August 14, Community contribution, Education Audience: Students Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch
Organised by: Lincoln University

The Walking With An Anzac Tumblr supports New Zealand students and their teachers to tell the stories of First World War Soldiers from their local community.

Topics: Education, Online Cenotaph Audience: Schools, Teachers, School students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: WW100 Programme Office

Restoring the 1921 Webb Memorial Trophy for use by Plimmerton School in future education around Anzac.

Local historian Allan Dodson tells the story of the Webb Memorial Trophy to the Plimmerton School assembly.
Topics: conservation, Education Audience: Schools Located in: New Zealand, Plimmerton

Production of the play 'Oh What a Lovely War', and creation of crosses for Timaru Boys' High School old boys who served during the First World War. 27-29 May 2014.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Performing Arts, Theatre, Education Audience: Students, Families Located in: New Zealand, Timaru
Organised by: Timaru Boys High School

Arahoe School unveiled their First World War commemorative artwork at a dawn ceremony on Monday 28th July 2014.

Topics: Art, Education, Events, Ceremonies Audience: local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Arahoe School

Exhibition of First World War memorabilia, and a biography project for schools to research an ancestor or someone from the district who served in the First World War.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Events, Exhibitions, Education Audience: Students, Teachers, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Stratford

A museum and research centre commemorating Rannerdale and Canterbury's First World War stories, archives, and research facilities.

Lord and Lady Bledisloe visiting a Rannerdale Veteran in the 1930s
Topics: Museum, Research, Education, Archives, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: local visitors, Teachers, secondary students, Students, Researchers Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch
Organised by: Rannerdale Veterans Care

Five Auckland schools work with the Navy Museum to create artworks exploring the New Zealand home front during the First World War.

Topics: Events, Education, Exhibitions, August 14 Audience: General, local visitors, Students Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

While observing a variety of animals, students on this learning programme at Orana Wildlife Park will discuss symbolism and the effectiveness of animal imagery in First World War propaganda posters.

Topics: Education, Events, Animals Audience: secondary students, Schools, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch

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

Salute Wairoa creates a digital, multi-media, touch table record of First World War Wairoa stories, including rediscovered memories.

Topics: Digital, Lottery Grant Recipients, Exhibitions, RSA, Education Audience: local visitors, Students, Schools, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Wairoa

Challenge to recreate a poster that uses historical images, maps and new photographs taken at museums and other special sites remembering those who gave their lives in the First World War.

Camera used during WW1
Topics: Education, Design, Photography Audience: Families, Students, Teachers, General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

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

On Anzac Day 2014 a guard of New Zealand Cadet Force members will be posted for a continuous 24 hours on the memorial gate at Otago Boys High School in Dunedin.

Topics: Anzac Day 2014, Commemorations, Ceremonies, Education Audience: local visitors, General, Students, Youth Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

The 13th Annual Symposium of the Costume & Textile Association of New Zealand will be held at Auckland War Memorial Museum, 30-31 May 2014. The theme is 'Home Front'.

Topics: Education Audience: Students, historians, Researchers Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

An opportunity for journalism students to take part in an intercultural learning programme around First World War historical sites. August 2014, Belgium and France.

Topics: Overseas, Education, Western Front, August 14 Audience: Teachers, Students, Youth
Category: Exchanges

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

A research project for Ongaonga School pupils to put detail around the 25 names listed on our village memorial.

Ongaonga First World War Memorial
Topics: Research, Education, Online Cenotaph Audience: Students Located in: New Zealand, Ongaonga
Organised by: Ongaonga School

A Rotary community project to enable young people to explore and share local knowledge about the First World War.

Messines Road sign
Topics: Education, Competitions, Passchendaele, Community contribution Audience: Teachers, School students, Youth, Students, Schools Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A First World War commemorative space and development of a First World War resource centre at Torpedo Bay Navy Museum in Devonport – opened on 5 March 2015.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Education, Facilities Audience: General, School students, Schools, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Devonport

In this 6-week course you will learn about the causes, course and consequences of the conflict and examine major aspects of the world that entered and fought the First World War.

Topics: Events, Education, History Audience: Families, secondary students, veterans, historians, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Media, War and Memory. Conference, September 18–19 2014, AUT University, Auckland.

Topics: Conferences, Events, Education Audience: Researchers, historians Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

An Inquiry class for Year 10 students. The students will be encouraged to research and create a project on an aspect of the First World War.

Topics: Education Audience: Students Located in: New Zealand, New Plymouth

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

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

A student-based conference to be held at Christ's College, Canterbury, 9 May 2014; to help students understand the significance of the sacrifice made during the Great War.

Topics: Events, Education Audience: Teachers, secondary students Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch
Organised by: Christ's College, Canterbury

On 28-30 November 2013 a multidisciplinary conference will be held on rethinking war, particularly New Zealand’s connections with and contribution to ‘the Great War’.

Topics: Education, Events Audience: Researchers, Tertiary students, historians Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Collecting personal stories from the First World War for use in a student design project.

Topics: Exhibitions, Personal stories, Design, Education Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Michelle Oakey