NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

Activities and Projects

Citizens of the nations affected by the First World War are invited to take part in a weekend of remembrance and reconciliation in the French town of Reims on June 22-24 2018.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Overseas activites, Overseas events Audience: General, general audiences Organised by: Reims 2018 Category: Commemorative events, parades and services

A New Zealand memorial and garden at the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 in Zonnebeke, Belgium will be unveiled on 12 October 2017, the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele.

Topics: Memorials and Monuments, Passchendaele, Belgium Audience: general audiences Organised by: Passchendaele Society Category: Memorials or monuments

Dr Nikos Lygeros is working to raise awareness on the battles and sacrifice of the Anzacs during the First World War.

Journey's End, a play by Passchendaele playwright R C Sherriff based on his experience in the trenches, is showing in Ypres, Belgium in a recreated bunker from 10 October to 12 November 2018. 

Topics: Theatre, Re-enactments, Overseas events, Passchendaele, Overseas activities Audience: veterans, secondary students, Teachers, Individuals / Families, historians Organised by: MESH Theatre Co with In Flanders Field Museum Category: Concerts, festivals or performances

Two series of flags have been created to commemorate and remember New Zealand’s role on the Western Front and to celebrate New Zealand’s ongoing relationship with France and Belgium.

Topics: France, Belgium, Flags, History, Personal stories Organised by: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Category: Other

Retired Belgian judge Dominique Cooreman unearthed an almost forgotten battle in Belgium, where more than 1000 NZ soldiers were killed between mid-June to the end of August 1917.

Topics: Belgium, military history, social history, Family History, Publications Audience: Teachers, secondary students, Families, historians Organised by: Dominique Cooreman Category: Publications and online resources, Research or lifelong learning, Conferences, public talks, symposiums

Post to the Past aims to individually commemorate all the NZ soldiers who fell in the battle of Messines (Belgium). Participants are asked to leave a personal message for 'their' kiwi.

Topics: Messines, Commemorate, battlefield, remembrance, Heritage trails Audience: Teachers, Schools, secondary students, pilgrims Organised by: Messines Peace Village Category: Commemorative events, parades and services, Tours or trails

A project to establish a permanent memorial on Fraser Island, Australia, to record the role that the Maheno played as a hospital ship in the First World War. Unveiled on Anzac Day 2017.

Topics: Memorials, Hospital ships, Maheno, ANZAC, Australia Audience: General, Tourists Organised by: Rotary Club of Brisbane High Rise Category: Memorials or monuments

A family return to Armentières 100 year after my Grandfather (Pop) was there during the First World War.

Topics: Belgium, Personal projects, Family History Organised by: Dennis Burns (Grandson) Category: Historical re-enactments

Published for the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, a major First World War history told for the first time from the British and German perspectives.

Topics: History, Military, Somme, Books Audience: Teachers, Students, military, historians Category: Publications and online resources

The Australian War Memorial commissioned five Australian and five NZ artists to explore the Anzac legacy and commemoration in a contemporary context. The portfolio was launched in 2016.

Topics: ANZAC, Art, Fine Art Audience: General, Arts appreciators, Teachers Organised by: Australian War Memorial Category: Publications and online resources, Creative projects or crafts

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