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

Please note this site has been archived

NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

Activities and Projects

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

A blog for reviews of books on war written for children: stories that we need to remember, and should never forget.  

Topics: Websites, Publications, Education, Books Audience: Families, Teachers, Primary students, secondary students, General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington Organised by: Philippa Werry Category: Publications and online resources, Classroom activities or formal learning, Research or lifelong learning, Creative projects or crafts

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

Throughout the First World War Centenary, the University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services will add stories of its Collegians to a specially created website.

Topics: Digital, Online Cenotaph, August 14, Websites, Samoa Audience: General, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Auckland Organised by: Special Collections - University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services, The University of Auckland Category: Publications and online resources, Exhibitions and new educational facilities

This video features NZ pianist Kris Baines performing "God Defend New Zealand", in a reflective style. There is also a moving monument scene with a father and his children paying homage. 

Topics: memorial, Music, Monuments, national anthem Audience: Families, children, music teachers, veterans, adults Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch, New Zealand, Leeston Organised by: Kris Baines, Selah Recordings Category: Publications and online resources, Commemorative events, parades and services

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 Organised by: Thames-Coromandel District Council, RSA, Rotary, Thames Treasury, Thames Museums Category: Memorials or monuments, Preservation, conservation or protection

In Good-Bye Maoriland, author Chris Bourkes illustrates the centrality of music to New Zealand’s experience of the First World War. Published by Potton & Burton in October 2017.

Topics: Publications, Music, Books, History Audience: historians, General Category: Publications and online resources

Featuring Sir Peter Jackson’s collection of First World War aircraft and artefacts, brought to life in sensational sets created by WingNut Films and Weta Workshop.

Topics: Exhibitions, aviation Audience: General, Schools Located in: New Zealand, Blenheim Organised by: Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre Category: Exhibitions and new educational facilities

The 2017 upgrade reflects the memorial’s importance as a centre of the city’s war and peace commemorations and will better cater for the growing Anzac Day crowds.

Topics: Memorials, peace Located in: New Zealand, Porirua Organised by: Porirua City Council Category: Memorials or monuments

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 Category: Memorials or monuments

This new publication by Professor Kay Morris Matthews  and co-published by Tairawhiti Museum and EIT is about making visible the work that NZ women undertook overseas during the First World War.

Topics: Publications, Women in wartime, East Coast, History, Books Located in: New Zealand, Gisborne Category: Publications and online resources, Historical re-enactments, Exhibitions and new educational facilities

'Passchendaele: A Descent into Hell' tells the story of the New Zealand Division at Passchendaele in October 1917. National Army Museum, Waiōuru, 12 December 2017 - 30 April 2018.

Topics: Passchendaele, exhibition, Museum Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Waiouru Organised by: National Army Museum Category: Exhibitions and new educational facilities

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