NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

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Nelson RSA have established a First World War Memorial at Marsden Valley Cemetery, Nelson.

Topics: Memorials and Monuments, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: Nelson RSA

The only remaining artefact commemorating the people of Kuaotunu who gave their lives during this war, it is important to restore and preserve it it in honour of their memory for generations to come.

Topics: Roll of Honour, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: general audience Located in: New Zealand, Whitianga
Organised by: Kuaotunu Hall Committee

The Friends of St John's Trust have restored and repaired the Memorial Lych Gate at St John's Church in Trentham, Upper Hutt.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Memorials and Monuments Located in: New Zealand, Upper Hutt
Organised by:

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, Maori Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch
Organised by: Te Runanga O Ngai Tahu

Waikato Combined Equestrian Group is set to unveil a bronze war horse by artist Matt Gauldie to acknowledge the 10,000 New Zealand horses sent to foreign battlefields during the First World War.

Topics: Memorials and Monuments, Lottery Grant Recipients Located in: New Zealand, Hamilton

Restoration of the Thames First World War Memorial was completed in time for Armistice Day 2016.

Topics: Memorials and Monuments, Lottery Grant Recipients Located in: New Zealand, Thames

Shortly before Anzac Day 2016, a memorial plaque was unveiled in Katikati with the poem 'Spirit of Anzac', by former resident and New Zealand war poet Mike Subritzsky, inscribed.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Memorials and Monuments Located in: New Zealand, Katikati

The Bandsmen's Memorial Rotunda, a well known landmark in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, is to be repaired and strengthened.

Topics: Memorials and Monuments, park, Christchurch, Lottery Grant Recipients Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch

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 memorial walkway at Birkenhead Primary School commemorating the thirty one soldiers from Birkenhead who lost their lives during the First World War was created in August 2016.

Topics: Memorials and Monuments, Lottery Grant Recipients Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

The mana attached to Rotorua’s Te Arawa Soldiers Memorial is being restored thanks to a large contribution from the Lotteries World War One Commemorations, Environment and Heritage Fund.

Topics: war memorial, Lottery Grant Recipients, Restoration projects Located in: New Zealand, Rotorua
Organised by:

Scotland's famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is known as the "greatest show on earth".

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Concert, Events Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: New Zealand Festival

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 naval war art exhibition of brothers Esmond & Hal Atkinson's pen & ink sketches of service in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve at Petone from 3-23 November 2016.

Topics: war art, Events, Exhibitions, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: Artists, naval historians, archivists, primary and secondary students, local community Located in: New Zealand, Lower Hutt
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

An animated film to be shown on Wellington Museum's unique vertically-formatted Tall Screen.

Topics: Film, Visitor Experience, exhibition, History, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General, family, School students, local visitors, local Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Wellington Museum

A multi-media living history presentation telling the story of soldiers from the district that served at The Somme. Several performances at Motueka District Museum over 5-6 April 2016.

Topics: Local history, Lottery Grant Recipients, Events, Conscription, Somme Audience: General, Local residents, local visitors, Family history researchers, School children Located in: New Zealand, Motueka

A service will be held to remember the first Returned Servicemen who took up sections in the Mangapurua Soldiers Settlement.  A monument, flagpole & location map will be placed at the site. 

Topics: Memorials and Monuments, Heritage sites, historical interest, maps, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: Descendants, General, historians

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

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra continues to commemorate the centenary of the First World War with two special concerts of remembrance and thanksgiving in April 2016.

Topics: Classical Music, Concert, Musical performance, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General, Music lovers, classical music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand, Wellington

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

Obtainment of Conservation Plan/Condition Report for the repair and preservation of The Shrine World War One Memorial situated at Christchurch Boys' High School.

Topics: Memorials and Monuments, Heritage sites, Schools, conservation, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: Schools, veterans, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch

This new chamber opera brings powerfully to life how Gallipoli was a domestic story as well as a military one. At Shed 6, as part of the New Zealand Festival, 3-6 March 2016.

Topics: Events, Gallipoli, Opera, NZ Festival, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General, Arts appreciators, classical music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: New Zealand Festival

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
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An exhibition featuring photos and brief histories of Marton's local soldiers who served in the First World War. On at Vahalla Cinema Complex from 18-29 August 2015.

Topics: Social & Political History, Events, Exhibitions, Local history, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General, Local residents, local visitors, Descendants, historians Located in: New Zealand, Marton

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

Thames-Coromandel District Council is developing a conservation plan for the Thames Monument, an early 1920s memorial which commemorates local soldiers who were lost in the First World War.

Topics: Monuments, Memorials, Heritage sites, Lottery Grant Recipients, Local history Audience: historians, architects, Researchers, Local residents, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Thames

This exhibition at St Michael's Church School Hall, Christchurch, on 24 October 2015 commemorates the centenary of the sinking of the Troopship Marquette, in which ten NZ nurses perished.

Topics: Social & Political History, nurses, Nursing history, Events, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General, Nurses, historians, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch

Still explores the duality of war: the destruction of lives and the construction of a collective future. Presented simultaneously in Auckland, Christchurch and Poitiers, France, in September 2015.

Topics: Art, Memorials, Events, remembrance, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General, Arts appreciators, Families Located in: New Zealand, France, Auckland, New Zealand, France, Christchurch
Organised by:

Performing Maurice Shadbolt's classic Gallipoli play, 'Once on Chunuk Bair', at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand in Christchurch. 29 July - 8 August 2015.

Topics: Chunuk Bair, Events, Theatrical performances, Theatre, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General, theatre goers Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch

An exhibition at Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History coinciding with the opening of Featherston Camp one hundred years ago. Opening 22 January 2016.

Topics: Exhibitions, Events, Military camps, training, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General, historians, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Masterton

Restoration of Anzac Hall, a historic building connected with Featherston Military Camp. 

Topics: Restoration projects, Military camps, Lottery Grant Recipients Located in: New Zealand, Featherston

Hastings District commemorates Anzac Day 2015 at the Cenotaph in Civic Square with a dawn service, a civic ceremony and a programme of music and community art projects.

Topics: Art, Anzac Day 2015, Events, Commemorations, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: Families, General Located in: New Zealand, Hastings

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

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

Fortune Theatre in Dunedin hosts the world première of a play about Jack Braithwaite, a New Zealand soldier executed for mutiny in 1916. Runs from 28 March - 18 April 2015.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Theatre, Performing Arts, Events Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin
Organised by: Fortune Theatre Trust

The Royal New Zealand Ballet – with the New Zealand Army Band – presents a First World War-themed ballet, 'Salute'. Touring New Zealand in May and June 2015.

Topics: Ballet, Events, Performing Arts, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General

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

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

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

A sculptural work in memorial to the grievous losses of the First World War and a reflection on the idea of 'victory' in war. Now exhibiting in Europe.

Topics: Fine Art, Overseas activities, Overseas events, Lottery Grant Recipients, Messines Audience: local visitors, Tourists Located in: New Zealand, France, Belgium, Dunedin, New Zealand, France, Belgium, Gisborne, New Zealand, France, Belgium, Nelson
Organised by: Helen Pollock

First World War Commemorative Exhibition at Waiheke Community Art Gallery opens Friday 21 November 2014 at 6pm and continues to Monday 15 December 2014.

Topics: Events, Experiences, Trench reconstructions, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: local visitors, Tourists Located in: New Zealand, Waiheke Island

A project to commission a significant work to recognise the Featherston Military Camp is underway and the public are now invited to submit their ideas.

Rows of barracks at Featherston Military Camp, taken c1918.
Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients Located in: New Zealand, Featherston

No Man’s Land brings together the descendants of opposing forces in the First World War and reunites them in friendship and musical solidarity. Touring in March 2016.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Events, Music, Performing Arts, NZ Festival Audience: General, Music lovers, Arts appreciators

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

Creating a white crosses field of remembrance in Tokoroa.

Field of remembrance
Topics: RSA, Lottery Grant Recipients, Fields of Remembrance Audience: General, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Tokoroa

Restoration of Piopio memorial cenotaph and a series of First World War commemorative events.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, conservation, Events, Programmes Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Waitomo
Organised by: Waitomo District Council

Commemorative events, including a commemorative garden and an exhibition, leading up to Anzac Day 2015.

Topics: Exhibitions, Events, Facilities, Lottery Grant Recipients, Programmes Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Whakatane

Reconstruction and re-lettering of Whangarei First World War cenotaph.

Topics: Memorials, Cenotaph, conservation, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Whangarei

Restoration of First World War memorials at Maungakaramea and Tapuhi.

Maungakaramea First World War memorial (Image: Colin Lamb, 2003)
Topics: RSA, Lottery Grant Recipients, conservation, Facilities Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Whangarei
Organised by: Whangarei RSA Trust

Encouraging communities throughout New Zealand to create Fields of Remembrance with personalised White Crosses, to honour those in their community who served overseas in the First World War.

Field of remembrance
Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Fields of Remembrance, August 14, RSA Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

A First World War commemorative programmme 'Tau Tupua: The Spirits' honours the 150 Nieuean men who fought in the Maori Contingent during the First World War. 25 July-30 August 2014.

Niuean recruits at Narrow Neck, 1915 (Auckland Libraries, Ref: 7-A14556, Sir George Grey Special Collections)
Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Pacific, Exhibitions, Events, August 14 Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

Erected in 1921 as a memorial to Tauranga’s fallen the gates are constructed of concrete rendered posts, wrought iron gates and marble plaques, which are currently undergoing conservation.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Memorials, conservation Audience: General Located in: Tauranga
Organised by: Tauranga City Council

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

Travelling exhibition from the National Army Museum - 'Heartlanders of World War One' - about New Zealanders on the Western Front.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Events, Exhibitions, Western Front, Touring exhibitions Audience: General, local visitors

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 Petone Settlers' Museum will host an exhibition and changing public programme, from August 2014 to the peace celebrations in 2019.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Events, Exhibitions, Peace celebrations Located in: New Zealand, Lower Hutt
Organised by: Petone Settlers' Museum

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

Memorial concert to commemorate the First World War, its impact on the Oamaru District and the Oamaru Garrison Band of the day. April 2015.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Events, Anzac Day 2015, Performing Arts, Music Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Oamaru
Organised by: Oamaru Garrison Band

Banners for special display for two New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame inductees killed in action during the First World War.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Exhibitions Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

The planning and erection of the statue of a young Mackenzie soldier as he stood on the Fairlie Railway Station, preparing to go to war, back in 1914. Unveiled 16 October 2014.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Memorials, October 14, Facilities Audience: local visitors, Tourists, General Located in: New Zealand, Fairlie

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

First World War memorial plaque for a marae complex in Kennedy Bay, Coromandel.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Memorials, Facilities Audience: iwi, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Coromandel

Construction of crosses for a Hamilton field of remembrance.

Topics: Fields of Remembrance, RSA, Lottery Grant Recipients, Memorials, Facilities Audience: veterans, Descendants, local visitors, General Located in: New Zealand, Hamilton
Organised by: Hamilton RSA

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

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

Marking 100 years since Otago and Southland troops first left from Dunedin for the theatre of war, with an Embarkation Day re-enactment march through Dunedin to where the troopships were.

Topics: Re-enactments, Lottery Grant Recipients, Events, October 14 Audience: General, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin
Organised by: Dunedin RSA

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

Construction of a First World War remembrance plaza alongside the new Returned and Services Association (RSA) clubrooms in Christchurch.

Topics: RSA, Lottery Grant Recipients, Facilities Audience: Organisational staff, veterans, Families Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch

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

An original full-length play inspired by actual events during the First World War. Written by Sheri O'Neill and produced by Northland theatre group Platform Thirteen.

Topics: Theatre, Performing Arts, Events, Lottery Grant Recipients, Conscientious objection Audience: General, Students Located in: New Zealand, Dargaville, New Zealand, Whangarei
Organised by: Platform Thirteen

Raglan Museum's exhibition 'Raglan Remembers World War 1' tells the stories of 154 Raglan soldiers with interviews of descendants reading letters and diaries from the battlefields.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Events, Exhibitions Audience: local visitors, General, Students Located in: New Zealand, Raglan

A memorial at the Wellington Quarry Museum in Arras, France, to recognise the work of 500 New Zealand tunnellers in the Arras quarries 1916-17, and the people of Arras who kept their graves.

Topics: Sculpture, International activities, Lottery Grant Recipients, New Zealand Tunnelling Company, Western Front Audience: General, local visitors, Tourists
Organised by: Arras Tourist Office

This exhibition tells of a province at war and will trace the deep and lasting impact of the First World War on the region. Opens at New Plymouth's Puke Ariki 17 April 2015.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Events, Exhibitions, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, whanau, Descendants, Teachers, School students Located in: New Zealand, New Plymouth
Organised by: Puke Ariki

Creating a new play about young Aussies and Kiwis visiting Gallipoli on the night before Anzac Day. What is it that attracts them?

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Events, Performing Arts, Theatre Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wanaka

Reinstating the Cenotaph as the focal point of the ceremonial space along Lambton Quay, Bowen Street and Parliamentary Grounds in Wellington.

Cenotaph memorial in 1932, Lambton Quay and Bowen Street. Image: Crown Studios Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library.
Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Monuments, Cenotaphs, Facilities Audience: General, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Wellington City Council

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

Construction of a new memorial to New Zealand First World War Tunnellers in Waihi. Officially dedicated by the Governor-General on 22 January 2016.

Topics: Memorials, New Zealand Tunnelling Company, Lottery Grant Recipients, Western Front, NZEF Audience: local visitors, Teachers, School students, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Waihi
Organised by: Waihi Heritage Vision

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

As part of headland Sculpture on the Gulf 2015 (23 January-15 February 2015), a unique commemorative sculpture will be unveiled and gifted to the Waiheke community for the First World War centenary.

Waiheke Island
Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Sculpture, Facilities, Fine Art Audience: General, local visitors, Tourists Located in: New Zealand, Waiheke Island
Organised by: The Depot Artspace

The Graduate Choir NZ, under its conductor Terence Maskell, presents a programme of choral music in the Auckland War Memorial Museum's Sanctuary on 4 August 2014 at 7.30 pm. 

Topics: Music, Events, Performing Arts, Lottery Grant Recipients, August 14 Audience: General, local visitors 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

Upgrading the Mt Roskill war memorial area in Auckland to add a Roll of Honour, make the parade ground larger and more accessible, and generally improve this important local landmark.

Topics: Memorials, Facilities, conservation, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: local visitors, General, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

Collecting the stories, photos and documents of Waipu people who served in the First World War and building a village exhibition. Opens August 2014.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Exhibitions, Community contribution, August 14, Research Audience: local visitors, General Located in: New Zealand, Waipu
Organised by: Waipu Museum

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

A choral music concert held on Friday 25 April 2014, 5.00pm, at the Auckland Town Hall.

Topics: Music, Performing Arts, Events, Lottery Grant Recipients, Classical Music Audience: Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Auckland Choral

Enhancing the College Hall Memorial Window to honour the names of the fallen via a series of bronze plaques beneath this magnificent First World War memorial in the Arts Centre of Christchurch.

Topics: Memorials, Monuments, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch
Organised by:

2014 Writers Week presents two experts on 'the war to end all wars': Margaret MacMillan (8 March 2014) and Christopher Pugsley (12 March 2014).

Topics: Events, History, Lottery Grant Recipients, Public talks and tours Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

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, Lottery Grant Recipients, Messines Audience: local visitors, Tourists
Organised by: Messines Town Council

Re-engraving commemorative plaques with the names of remembered soldiers, and erecting information panels at each of five North Otago war memorial oak tree groves.

North Otago memorial oaks
Topics: Memorials, Monuments, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General, local visitors, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Oamaru
Organised by: Memorial Oaks Committee

Restoring and improving the Queens Gardens (including the Cenotaph) in preparation for First World War commemorative events.

Dunedin cenotaph.
Topics: Memorials, Monuments, Lottery Grant Recipients, Facilities Audience: General, local visitors, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

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

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

Te Papa is combining the worlds of movies, model-making and museums to take visitors on a journey back to Gallipoli. This exhibition, developed in partnership with Weta Workshop, opens 18 April 2015.

Topics: Events, Lottery Grant Recipients, Gallipoli, Exhibitions Audience: General, School students, local visitors, Tourists Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

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

Free public aviation show of First World War planes with commentary and land-based displays.

First World War nieuport fighter
Topics: Exhibitions, Events, aviation, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: Genera, Families, local visitors, Tourists Located in: New Zealand, Wanaka

An exhibition at Expressions telling the story of the First World War military training camp, which turned civilians into fighting men. 16 August-3 October 2014.

Trentham Military Camp
Topics: Exhibitions, Lottery Grant Recipients, Events, August 14 Audience: General, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Upper Hutt

An interpretive display to commemorate First World War casualties, and the war’s impact on the Western Southland District.

Riverton First World War Memorial
Topics: Exhibitions, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General, local visitors Located in: Riverton

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

Restoring the First World War memorial to Maori soldiers in Moutoa Gardens (Pakaitore) Historic Reserve.

Moutoa Gardens memorial (Photo: Janine Faulknor)
Topics: Memorials, Monuments, Lottery Grant Recipients, Facilities, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: local visitors, General, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Wanganui

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

A Tauranga public lecture series on First World War themes. The entire series runs weekly from Wednesday 17 September 2014 to Wednesday 5 November 2014. Bookings essential.

Topics: Events, Lottery Grant Recipients, Public talks and tours, October 14 Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Tauranga

An exhibition at the Central Hawkes Bay Settlers Museum in Waipawa, telling stories of some of the local soldiers who went to the First World War. 3 August 2014 - 26 January 2015.

Topics: Events, Exhibitions, August 14, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General, School students, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Waipawa

A riverside garden in memory of military personnel killed in the First World War, focusing on Hamilton city's connection with the Belgian town of Ieper (Ypres).

Topics: Monuments, Memorials, Lottery Grant Recipients, Passchendaele Audience: General, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Hamilton
Organised by: Hamilton City Council

Restoring the Gisborne Cenotaph which was damaged in a 2007 earthquake. The monument is our region’s main First World War monument and the focal point of our Anzac day celebration. 

The Cenotaph at Gisborne
Topics: Memorials, Monuments, Anzac Day 2015, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Gisborne

Digitising First World War related records and the creation of a commemorative DVD. These records include; photos of soldiers and armaments, letters, postcards, and stories of soldiers who served.

Topics: Digital, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General, local visitors, Descendants, Students Located in: New Zealand, Bulls, New Zealand, Hunterville, New Zealand, Marton, New Zealand, Taihape

An exhibition about the people of Otaki during the First World War: those who gave their lives, those who returned, those who worked in the town. Opens 28 August 2014, Otaki Museum.

Topics: Exhibitions, Events, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Otaki

An exhibition that explores the stories of Central Otago; leading up to, during, and after the First World War. Full details will be available on our website.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Exhibitions, Events Audience: Families, local visitors, Schools Located in: New Zealand, Alexandra

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

This project is about ensuring war memorials in Southland are able to be preserved and commemorated in the near future and the long term.

Topics: Memorials, Monuments, Lottery Grant Recipients, conservation Located in: New Zealand, Gore, New Zealand, Invercargill, New Zealand, Lumsden, New Zealand, Wyndham
Organised by: Venture Southland

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

Never a week goes by is an exhibition depicting the impact of the First World War on two Pacific colonies, one English and one French. Opens February 2015, and tours nationally through 2016.

Topics: Exhibitions, Events, Pacific, Lottery Grant Recipients, Touring exhibitions Audience: General, secondary students, Students Located in: New Zealand, Pacific, Balclutha

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

Creating five outdoor floral carpets to commemorate the First World War in Whangarei. Unveiled February 2014.

Topics: Floral arrangements, Lottery Grant Recipients, Events Audience: General, Students, Families Located in: New Zealand, Whangarei
Category: Other

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

Fit out of Mosgiel Memorial RSA commemorative library and museum.

Topics: RSA, Lottery Grant Recipients, Faciliites Audience: veterans Located in: New Zealand, Mosgiel
Organised by: Mosgiel Memorial RSA

An exhibition commemorating the centenary of the First World War through the memories and stories of Northlanders. Kiwi North Museum, Whangarei, from April 2014 through to November 2018.

Topics: Events, Lottery Grant Recipients, Exhibitions, Regional history Audience: local visitors, General Located in: New Zealand, Whangarei

An exhibition of 60 watercolours, prints and sketches by NZ servicemen and official war artists with 250 contemporary watercolours by members of Watercolour New Zealand. Opens 18 April 2015.

NZEF on board Balmoral Castle May 1918. Artist Sydney Higgs.
Topics: Anzac Day 2015, Events, Exhibitions, Lottery Grant Recipients, Fine Art Audience: Families, local visitors, Artists, historians, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

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

An exhibition of Laurence Aberhart's photographs of First World War memorials in New Zealand and Australia, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 12 April 2014-31 August 2014.

Photograph by Laurence Aberhart.
Topics: Exhibitions, August 14, Photography, Touring exhibitions, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General Located in: Dunedin

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

This exhibition at Rotorua Museum tells some of the many powerful stories from the First World War through objects and memories contributed by the Rotorua community. 2 July 2014-2 November 2014.

Topics: Exhibitions, August 14, Events, Lottery Grant Recipients, Local history Audience: local visitors, iwi, whanau, Families Located in: New Zealand, Rotorua

Restoration of the Nautilus, the launch that transported wounded troops from the shore to hospital ships off the coast at Gallipoli, was completed in 2016.

Topics: conservation, Medical care, Gallipoli, Lottery Grant Recipients Located in: New Zealand, Auckland