Activities & Projects
Discover the stories of six soldiers who fought at Passchendaele and then research the story of your own soldier at Petone Community Library, Lower Hutt, 29 October 2017, 1-5pm.
Dr Ryan McLane is set to lead a public talk on the spread of influenza in the Pacific during the 1918 flu pandemic. Karori Recreation Centre, Wellington, 29 Oct 2017, 2pm.
Find out about the 'missing' memorials of the Māori communities on the East Coast at Auckland Central City Library, 15 Nov 2017, 12pm.
Join Good Sons author Greg Hall as he talks about his new novel. Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor, National Library, Wellington, 12 October 2017, 5:30pm.
An exhibition bringing to life the hardships felt by the men and women of Porirua serving on the Western Front during the First World War. Pātaka Art + Museum, Porirua, 8-29 Oct 2017.
In the lead up to the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, Belgian historian Freddy Declerk will present a talk at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Wellington on 24 Sept 2017 at 4:30pm.
Come to two talks about New Zealand women’s substantial contributions during the First World War, and explore the Passchendaele memorial locomotive at Wellington Railway Station, 13 October 2017, 11am.
Hear two fascinating talks, one about the Battle of Passchendaele, the other about its memorial locomotive – both delivered beside the Ab608 Passchendaele itself. Wellington Railway Station, 12 Oct 2017, 11am.
Toitū curator Seán Brosnahan is set to present a fascinating talk on the experience of the Otagos at Passchendaele. Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin, 7 Oct 2017, 2pm.
Battlefield guide Charlotte Descamps is set to present an interesting talk on the ongoing effect of the First World War on Flanders. Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin, 14 Oct 2017, 2pm.
Freddy Declerck, expert on Passchendaele, will talk about the five battles in Flanders including the toll of the First World War at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin, 23 September 2017, 2pm.
Author Jane Tolerton is set to discuss the true stories of Wellington women in the First World War, drawing on research from her new book. Booklovers B&B, Wellington, 29 October 2017, 4pm.
An opportunity to learn more about All Black captain Dave Gallaher on the centenary of his death at the Battle of Passchendaele. East Coast Bays Library, Auckland, 18 October 2017, 10.30am.
A symposium on one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s greatest military tragedies at Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland, 3 October 2017, 6:30pm.
A symposium examining the production and consumption of commemorative images and objects at University of Canterbury, Christchurch, 2 September 2017, 1pm.
An opportunity to explore one fascinating aspect of the 'Gallipoli: The scale of our war' exhibition in detail with a free tour. Te Papa, Wellington. 21 August - 1 September 2017.
A presentation on the work involved to complete the biographies of more than fifty people who died in the 1918 influenza pandemic. Karori Recreation Centre, Wellington, 13 August 2017, 2 p.m.
How did soldiers cook during the First World War, and what food did their families send them? The first of three talks by Te Papa curator Kirstie Ross. Te Papa, Wellington, 22 August 2017, 11:15am.
Hear about the personal treasures that soldiers and their loved ones cherished during the First World War in a talk by Te Papa curator Kirstie Ross. Te Papa, Wellington, 24 August 2017, 11:15am.
Discover the amazing stories of two courageous New Zealand nurses in the First World War. The final of three talks by curator Kirstie Ross. Te Papa, Wellington, 30 August 2017, 11:15am.
New Zealand Defence Force historian John Crawford to present a talk to the Marlborough Historical Society on the Battle of Passchendaele. Marlborough Convention Centre, Blenheim, 24 September 2017.
Mesut Uyar from the University of New South Wales will speak on The August Offensive and the Ottomans: A Faceless Army at the Distinction Hotel, Palmerston North, 8 August 2017, 5:30p.m.
Gillian Headifen will explore the Turnbull Library holdings on the Battle of Messines. National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, 20 June 2017, 12:10pm.
Colonel Colin Richardson will explore the background and execution of the Battle of Messines. Palmerston North Central Library, 7 June 2017 at 6:30pm.
Seán Brosnahan, from Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, will speak about the Otago unit's role in the Battle of Messines. Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin, 13 June 2017 at 10am.
Join Evan Roberts and his class of American students as they present their research into 22 New Zealand First World War soldiers. Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Wellington, 8 June 2017.
In the spirit of Matariki, the Great War Exhibition in Wellington offers guided tours to tell the story of Māori in the First World War. 24–25 June 2017.
Join Professor Kay Morris Matthews for a bus tour to Taruheru Cemetery to remember the service of Tairāwhiti nurses who served in the First World War.
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.
Artist Rebecca Holden will talk about what moved her to make the commemorative artworks that form her exhibition 'Sand in the Apricot Jam' at Waikato Museum, Hamilton, 2 April 2017.
Sarah Davies, Director of WW100, presents a talk on Ngā Tapuwae New Zealand First World War Trails at the NZ Society of Genealogists' talk at Loaves & Fishes, Wellington, on 26 April 2017.
A presentation and NZ military records research afternoon at Petone Community Library, Lower Hutt, on 12 March 2017.
Anna Mackenzie shares, in images and words, her journey into and beyond the war, focussing particularly on the war stories often ignored. At Hastings Library on 5 April 2017.
John Psathas and Mathew Knight discuss the locations, ethos and impact of their recent First World War commemorative collaboration, No Man’s Land at MBIE in Wellington on 2 November 2016
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.
Interested in researching someone who served in the First World War? Come to a presentation on war records at National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, on 18 October 2016.
On 12 October 2016, as part of Seniors Week, join a tour focusing on the people and historic events relating to Parliament during the First World War
Join the Western Front Association at a meeting at Auckland's Observation Post at Kennedy Park with a lecture on the Somme by Herb Farrant on 16 October 2016.
A public talk on the history of Waikumete Cemetery's general military section since 1918 with Lisa Truttman at Auckland Central City Library on 28 September 2016.
This presentation at the Marlborough Convention Centre on 25 September 2016 will be given by New Zealand Defence Force historian Matthew Buck.
To mark the War in France Commemorations in Wellington on 18 September 2016, we have an exclusive opportunity to tell the story of France in The Great War.
What happened when the Eastbourne RSA decided to publish a history of its community’s experiences of war? Find out at Petone Library on 1 September 2016.
Dr Ian McGibbon will speak at a lunchtime Public History Talk on 7 September 2016 on his forthcoming publication, New Zealand's Western Front Campaign.
The New Zealand Division suffered catastrophic losses on the Somme during September 1916. This talk at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum on 27 September 2016 commemorates Otago’s worst day.
At the close of Ashburton Art Gallery and Heritage Centre's Anzac project on 3 September 2016, come hear Kevin Soster's public talk on William Leefe Robinson.
Discover more about your ancestors during Family History Month. This workshop is to be held at Taita Community Library on 19 August 2016.
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.
An opportunity to find out more about the Measuring the ANZACs project, using citizen historians to transcribe service files. At the National Library, Wellington, on 20 July 2016.
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.
Come to the Auckland Central Library on 21 September 2016 and hear the ‘futility’ argument re-examined, and the Somme’s long New Zealand shadow considered.
The New Zealand Branch of the Western Front Association's talk on 26 June 2016 looks at Armentieres one hundred years ago. Held at the Observation Post in Castor Bay, Auckland.
In the spirit of Matariki, the Great War Exhibition in Wellington offers guided tours to tell the story of Māori in the First World War. Held on weekends between 18-26 June 2016.
Join a free lecture with author Jennifer Haworth on the story of the First World War commissioned war artists, at Waikato Museum on 11 May 2016.
Special tours focusing on historic events relating to Parliament during the First World War.
Historian Steve Watters investigates the reaction to the introduction of conscription in New Zealand in this lecture at Whanganui's Davis Theatre on 19 April 2016.
As part of the Auckland Writers Festival, author and publisher Jenny Harworth looks at New Zealand's First World War artists. At Auckland Art Gallery on 15 May 2016.
Keith Garwood will talk about his research into local soldiers who served and died in the First World War, at the Petone Community Library on 23 April 2016.
Hear author Andrew Francis speak about the fascinating research that went into 'That Dear Little Home in the Bay', at the Petone Community Library on 9 April 2016.
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.
The role of Tairāwhiti women who served overseas in the First World War is the focus of this public lecture at the Tairāwhiti Museum on 25 April 2016.
In a lecture titled 'You get a feed there', Mark Houlahan speaks on Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary and in commemoration of the First World War. In Hamilton on 23 April 2016.
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.
A talk given by Dr Azer Banu Kemaloglu and Dr Ian McGibbon looks at the recollections of ordinary soldiers from Turkey and the Allies at Gallipoli, held in Wellington on 12 February 2016.
On 23 February 2016 Vietnam veteran and historian Bill Barnes will speak on the origins of the First World War and New Zealand’s involvement at Ashburton Art Gallery.
On Tuesday 23 February 2016 heritage writer Ian Collins will give a talk at the Ashburton Gallery on ‘The Fortunes of War: The military careers of two Canterbury First World War soldiers'
Women of Empire 1914-1918 draws on the personal experiences of New Zealand women during the First World War. Join an exhibition floor talk at The Nelson Provincial Museum on 1 February 2016.
Head to Auckland's Central City Library on 20 April 2016 to learn about resources and genealogical research about Pacific Islanders who served in the First World War.
Kae Lewis explores the continuing connections of Thames and New Zealand to the First World War battlefields of France and Belgium. At The Treasury on 19 November 2015.
Remember some of those who signed up to serve in the First World War, died in the Wellington area, and were buried in the Services Section of Karori Cemetery. Tour on 11 November 2015.
On 14 November 2015, as part of the Waiheke Literary Festival, historian Christopher Pugsley and Dr Mary Paul join publisher Jeremy Shylock to discuss issues related to writing about war.
An illustrated talk about NZ Army Nurses and the sinking of the troop/transport ship Marquette during the First World War. At Hunters Corner Town Centre, 20 October 2015.
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.
A discussion on the history of the Passchendaele memorial locomotive, AB608, its relevance to the war and the contribution NZ Railways made to the war effort. At Toitū on 26 October 2015.
An illustrated presentation looking at the experiences of the hundreds of thousands of Germany's First World War prisoners of war, at Auckland's Central City Library, 4 November 2015.
Jude Turner will host a talk about the history of the nurses lost when the Marquette sank in 1915 in the Nurses’ Memorial Chapel Garden at Christchurch Hospital on 25 October 2015.
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.
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.
Victoria University of Wellington hosts a talk on patriotic women travellers during the First World War on 18 September 2015.
Dr Jenny R Macleod presents the NZ-UK Link Foundation Annual Lecture for 2015, looking at New Zealand's experience of Gallipoli. Held at the University of London on 16 November 2015.
The Great War Exhibition hosts Belgian historian Charlotte Descamps, who will speak about the 'iron harvests' of First World War debris. Held in Wellington on 30 September 2015.
Celebrate the 122nd anniversary of votes for New Zealand women and come along for an informal launch of Jane Tolerton’s new book at Little Peckish Cafe, Wellington, on 19 September 2015.
Author Phil Beattie will talk about the Onward Project and how he has obtained photographs and information about First World War soldiers. At the West Auckland Research Center, 8 September 2015.
Andrew Francis presents at talk about the Taumaru Military Convalescent Home in Lowry Bay, at the Eastbourne Community Library on 5 September 2015.
Keith Garwood shares his mapping work identifying the homes of Lower Hutt residents who served in the First World War. At Lower Hutt War Memorial Library, 9 September 2015.
A free talk at Te Puke Public Library about local man Arnold Watson who joined the Imperial Camel Corp in the First World War. This Family History Month event is held on 27 August 2015.
How did the First World War redraw the world map? Visiting historian Dr Jörn Leonhard brings a global perspective to University of Auckland's centennial commemorations on 28 August 2015.
How did the First World War redraw the world map? Visiting historian Dr Jörn Leonhard brings a global perspective to Te Papa’s centennial commemorations on 27 August 2015.
This exhibition runs at Aratoi Museum in Masterton from 14 August - 4 October 2015. All are invited to an artist talk with its artist, Connah Podmore, on Sunday 16 August at 2 pm.
Professor Glynn Harper, a military historian, will hold a public talk at Christchurch's Central Library Peterborough on his latest book "Johnny Enzed" on 22 October 2015.
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.
Dr Fenton will discuss the history of the First World War using imagery from his book, at TSB Theatre in New Plymouth on 29 August 2015 as part of the Taranaki International Arts Festival.
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.
In this talk on 20 August 2015, three National Library staff members talk about the some of the acquaintances they have made in the course of their research on the First World War.
In this lecture series Dr Gwen Parsons from University of Canterbury relates her First World War research to the war sTOrY exhibition at Tin Palace, Lyttelton. 8 and 15 August 2015.
A lecture about George von Zedlitz, whose tenure at Victoria University was greatly affected by xenophobia during the First World War. Part of the Capital 150 celebrations, 11 am 25 July 2015.
Come to a public history talk in Wellington on 5 August 2015 to hear Dr Steven Loveridge discuss ‘The dynamics of mobilisation and comprehension of New Zealand society at war’.
Anna Rogers will talk about the New Zealand's military nurses and their involvement in conflicts in the early half of the twentieth century at the South Christchurch Library on 25 July 2015.
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.
A lunchtime talk on postal censorship in the First World War: the largest state invasion of private life in New Zealand’s history. At the National Library in Wellington on 28 July 2015.
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.
At Napier's MTG on 5 July 2015, Professor Kay Morris Matthews will be discussing her research into woman in the First World War, with a focus on women from the East Coast and Hawke's Bay.
An illustrated talk by Professor Jean Anderson on a series of French 'patriotic' short books from between 1917-1920. At National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, 9 July 2015.
Discover the diverse stories and perspectives of indigenous and Pacific peoples during the First World War in this panel discussion at Auckland War Memorial Museum on 23 June 2015.
To coincide with the First World War centenary commemorations, The Foundation for Peace Studies Aotearoa/NZ hosts a peace conference at AUT Auckland on 19-20 September 2015.
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.
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.
Dr. Armoudian presents a talk on the Armenian Genocide and its historiography at the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand, Wellington, on 31 May 2015.
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.
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.
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.
Former Wallaby lock, newspaper columnist, broadcaster and author Peter FitzSimons joins the Auckland Writers Festival from Sydney to talk about his latest book Gallipoli on 15 May 2015.
Discover the diverse stories and perspectives of indigenous and Pacific peoples during the First World War in this panel discussion at Te Papa on 25 June 2015.
Please join us in Wellington on 6 May 2015 to hear Imelda Bargas and Tim Shoebridge talk about their experiences writing the book New Zealand’s First World War Heritage.
Well known author Dr George Davis will talk on the origins and observance of Anzac Day. At Dunedin's Hocken Library, 13 May 2015.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A talk by Damon Salesa, Associate Professor of Pacific Studies at University of Auckland, on 30 April 2015 at the National Library of New Zealand, Wellington.
Travel back in time to uncover the experiences of Cantabrians, both at home and overseas, during the First World War. At Christchurch's Canterbury Museum on 25 April 2015.
Remember 100 years after the Gallipoli Landings with a programme of readings, tributes and concerts at Masterton's St Matthew's Anglican Church on 22-23 April 2015.
Tour Taranaki's war memorials with Puke Ariki's heritage experts on 6 June 2015.
Hear Sean Brosnahan talk about the disastrous attack on 2-3 May 1915 that destroyed the Otago Battalion as a fighting unit just a week into the Gallipoli campaign. At Toitū on 3 May 2015.
Join us at Pataka for an evening of history making on 23 April 2015. Historians will discuss the 'Porirua Anzacs At Gallipoli' exhibition and New Zealand's WW1 heritage sites.
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.
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.
The National Library of New Zealand have brought together an articulate group of speakers who are passionate about the subject of Māori participation in war. Wellington, 25 April 2015.
On 20 April 2015, in the lead up to Anzac Day, Joan McCracken from the National Library will give a presentation about the redevelopment of Auckland Museum’s Online Cenotaph website.
This talk, by NZ Herald art commentator Terry McNamara, is a consideration of the art and poetry evoked by the First World War. Held at Kotare Venues, Auckland, 21 April 2015.
In this talk, librarian Maureen West will examine the conditions under which prisoners of war lived during the First World War. Held at Titirangi Library, 23 April 2015.
Archivist Erica O'Flaherty gives a presentation on caring for your family archives, paying particular attention to items relating to the First World War. At Titirangi Library, 21 April 2015.
Family History Librarian Seonaid Lewis looks at the different types of First World War documents available for family research. At Titirangi Library, 22 April 2015.
Belinda Batley from Archives New Zealand will talk about how to access their collection of digitised NZ Defence Force Personnel Files. At Waitakere Central Library, 14 April 2015.
Hear historian Glyn Harper talk about the quality of the food given to the New Zealand soldiers at Gallipoli.
Historian Jock Phillips will speak about New Zealand's First World War memorials and New Zealand identity at Tauranga Art Gallery on 19 March 2015.
Two prominent New Zealand playwrights will talk about the challenges of writing about the First World War at the Kerr St Artspace in Devonport on 8 March 2015.
Visit the Nelson libraries between 20 April - 31 May 2015 for a range of First World War commemorative displays, talks & events.
Two family history lunchtimes series talks to commemorate New Zealanders' contribution to the First World War at Auckland's Central City Library, Wednesday 15 April.
The Way We Were is a series of lunchtime presentations at The Treasury in Thames. Come learn about the symbolism and history of Hauraki-Coromandel War Memorials on Monday 16 March 2015.
The Way We Were is a series of lunchtime presentations at The Treasury in Thames. Come learn about grief, memory and memorialisation from around the First World War on 19 March 2015.
A screening of Apocalypse WWI: Part One at Auckland's Rialto Cinema will be followed by a Q+A with Canadian producer Josette D. Normandeau. 1.45pm on Saturday 7 March 2015.
The Auckland War Memorial Museum presents a discussion on the depiction of war in cinema at 10.30 on 7 March 2015.
Speakers from a variety of left groups will create a discourse on the theme of war and peace at the 17 Tory Street Art Space, Wellington, on 25 February 2015.
Hear Josh Hansen, a youth ambassador to France's First World War commemorations, shares his recent experiences in France. At the Auckland Alliance Française on 14 February 2015.
Dr Kate Hunter from Victoria University uses First World War objects to illustrate the war's impact on New Zealanders at Porirua's PATAKA Art + Museum on 8 March 2015.
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.
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 the Hastings War Memorial Library, 6pm Wed 4 March 2015.
A guest speaker evening and memorial horse ride to mark the First World War. At Birch Hill Station, Canterbury, on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th February 2015.
A lecture by German military historian Prof. Dr Epkenhans about the First World War and the Pacific as viewed from a German perspective, on Monday 1 December at Te Papa.
Waikato Museum's Great War Lecture Series presents experts in the fields of military history, peace research, politics, and the history of ideas. Hear about German scholarship on 1 November.
This seminar will uncover the experiences of Cantabrians, both at home and overseas, during the First World War. At Christchurch'sAir Force Museum, 11 am 12 October.
A free talk at Christchurch's Air Force Museum at 2 pm on 12 October looks at the connections between horses, bicycles, the Canterbury region and the First World War.
Curator of Great War Stories, Chris Rapley, will give a floortalk on the 'Great War Stories' exhibition at Rotorua Museum on Sunday 20 July 2014 at 2pm.