WW100 – New Zealand's First World War Centenary Programme ran from 2014 to 2019

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'Never a week goes by' exhibition

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.

Never A Week Goes By is a touring exhibition that compares the impact of the Great War on two Pacific colonies, New Zealand and New Caledonia.
The lives of five Balclutha men and their families are reflected in text and images examining the themes of Hope, Valour and Grief that are depicted on the monument erected by the South Otago community of Balclutha in 1923.  
The changes in the lives of these soldiers and their families from this rural New Zealand community are then compared with related impact on the population of our nearest regional neighbour New Caledonia.    
The international research and significant image collection presented in this side of the work depict the background of the French colony and the reaction of both the French citizens and the Kanak population to the threat to France in 1914. The lives of both the soldiers of European descent and the Kanak Infantry are also examined in great detail.
The timelines, thematic text and images are complemented with extensive touch screen content and innovative interactive components.
The national tour includes:
Dunedin; closed
Balclutha Art centre; closed
Waiouru National Army Museum; April-July 2015
Taupo Museum & Art Gallery; August 8-September 14 2015
Malborough Museum, Blenheim; December 2015-January 2016
Akaroa​; TBC February-March 2016
Hokitika Museum; April-May 2016
South Canterbury Museum; June-July 2016

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French WWI post card "A thousand kisses from the front” (Vautrin collection)
The Balclutha War Memorial 2015 (Richard Schofield photography)
Kanak Infantrymen of the Great War (G. Viale collection)
Never A Week Goes By, opening night Dunedin 2015 (Richard Schofield photography)
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Date added: 19 December 2013 | Last updated: 15 August 2016