NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

Activities and Projects

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 Category: Exhibitions and new educational facilities

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 Organised by: Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Category: Publications and online resources, Exhibitions and new educational facilities, Research or lifelong learning, Preservation, conservation or protection

Christopher Pugsley's new book, The Camera in the Crowd, explores film's early days in New Zealand, from its introduction in the late 1800s, to the role it played in WW1. 

Topics: Film, new zealand, History, Book Audience: General, general audiences Category: Publications and online resources

Through the works of eight young artists, the Luck of the Draw website explores contemporary ideas around conscription, war and the ballot that forced 20,000 New Zealanders to fight overseas.

Topics: Conscription, online resources, Websites, Artists, youth Audience: young people, General, Artists Organised by: WW100 Programme Office Category: Creative projects or crafts

This project is dedicated to re-examining the 'slanguage' given voice in the First World War, e.g. in troop magazines, as brought home to New Zealand and carried forward 100 years later.

Topics: Research, Digital Audience: General, historians, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington Organised by: Stephen Olsen Category: Publications and online resources, Classroom activities or formal learning, Research or lifelong learning

A collection of stories about men from Porirua district who served overseas. There will be 200 First World War stories, including men who enlisted from the Porirua Mental Hospital.

Topics: Personal stories, photos, letters, diaries, online resources Audience: Local residents, Local Government, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Porirua Organised by: Allan Dodson Category: Publications and online resources

Taumarunui Primary School are performing a play written by their principal, honouring the men and women of WWI. Over 100 children aged from 5 years to 13 years are performing.

Topics: play, Theatrical performances, Schools Audience: General, general audiences, Families Located in: New Zealand, Taumarunui Organised by: Taumarunui Primary School Category: Concerts, festivals or performances

The Troopers Tale - The History of The Otago Mounted Rifles is the complete and authorised narrative of the Otago Mounted Rifles, edited by the late Dr Don Mackay.

Topics: Otago Mounted Rifles, OMR, Publications, New Zealand Mounted Rifles, Messines Audience: historians, Teachers, veterans, Students Organised by: Dr Don Mackay, Turnbull Ross Publishing, Dr Don Mackay with Ralph Lawrence (Publications) Category: Publications and online resources

Every day at 5pm, a Last Post ceremony is conducted on the forecourt of the National War Memorial in Wellington. Any person can be a part of this daily remembrance, conducted by the NZDF.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Last Post, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Events Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington Organised by: New Zealand Defence Force, Manatū Taonga - Ministry for Culture and Heritage Category: Commemorative events, parades and services

New Zealand Post honours those who served in the First World War with a five year programme of commemorative stamps and coins. The first stamp issue tells the story of serviceman Melville Mirfin.

Topics: Memorabilia, August 14, Samoa Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington Organised by: The New Zealand Post Group Category: Publications and online resources, Commemorative events, parades and services

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

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