NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

Activities and Projects

Construction of a new memorial to New Zealand First World War Tunnellers in Waihi. Officially dedicated by the Governor-General on 22 January 2016.

Topics: Memorials, New Zealand Tunnelling Company, Lottery Grant Recipients, Western Front, NZEF Audience: local visitors, Teachers, School students, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Waihi Organised by: Waihi Heritage Vision Category: Commemorative events, parades and services

The development and promotion of resources to Ngāi Tahu whānui and the wider community, that share the stories and history of our soldiers who contributed to New Zealand’s war effort.

Topics: Ngāi Tahu, Remember, Roll of Honour, Lottery Grant Recipients, Maori Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch Organised by: Te Runanga O Ngai Tahu Category: Publications and online resources

The Otago Settlers Association in conjunction with Toitū Otago Settlers Museum are producing a documentary following the journey of the Otago Infantry Regiment and Mounted Rifles 1914-1919.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Film, August 14, Documentaries, New Zealand Mounted Rifles Audience: local visitors, Tourists, Students, Teachers, General Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin Organised by: Otago Settlers Association Category: Publications and online resources

New Zealand composer Peter Hobbs has released a single and 360° video to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First Battle of Passchendaele (fought on 12 October 1917).

Topics: Passchendaele; Private Leonard Hart; Audience: General, general audiences, Music lovers Category: Publications and online resources

The New Zealand War Graves Trust, in association with the Auckland War Memorial Museum are creating a photographic archive of the war graves of all New Zealanders from 1899 to the present day. 

Topics: War Graves, Memorials, Digital, Lottery Grant Recipients, Publications Audience: General, Descendants, Families Located in: New Zealand, Auckland Organised by: The New Zealand War Graves Trust Category: Publications and online resources, Memorials or monuments, Research or lifelong learning, Creative projects or crafts, Preservation, conservation or protection, Other

Terry Kinloch's comprehensive biography of General Sir Alexander Godley, presenting for the first time a fair and balanced look at his time as commander of the NZEF. Published in November 2018.

Topics: History, Publications, Books Category: Publications and online resources

Developing short publicly-accessible biographies of all South Cantabrians who served their country during the First World War, in order to record local stories and support commemorations.

Topics: Research, Digital, Online Cenotaph Audience: Researchers, Descendants, General, Family history researchers Located in: New Zealand, Fairlie, New Zealand, Geraldine, New Zealand, Temuka, New Zealand, Timaru, New Zealand, Waimate Organised by: South Canterbruy Museum, South Canterbury branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists Category: Publications and online resources, Research or lifelong learning

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

This book takes readers on a journey into the colourful world of postcards during the First World War, giving a poignant insight into life in New Zealand during the war. Published in August 2015.

Topics: postcards, mail, WW1, Photographs, Publications Audience: General, historians, Collectors Organised by: Grantham House Publishing Category: Publications and online resources

Raglan Museum's exhibition 'Raglan Remembers World War 1' tells the stories of 154 Raglan soldiers with interviews of descendants reading letters and diaries from the battlefields.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Events, Exhibitions Audience: local visitors, General, Students Located in: New Zealand, Raglan Organised by: Raglan and Districts Museum Society Category: Exhibitions and new educational facilities

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

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