NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

Activities and Projects

Publication of a book about animals and birds in service during the First World War.

Topics: Books, Publications, Animals, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Waiouru Organised by: Queen Elizabeth II Army Memorial Museum Category: Publications and online resources

Researching the lives of 100 men listed on five Wellington war memorials as "killed" during the First World War, on behalf of the Wellington Branch, New Zealand Society of Genealogists.

Aro valley war memorial
Topics: Memorials, Online Cenotaph, Research Audience: General, historians, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Wellington Organised by: Wellington Branch of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists Category: Publications and online resources, Exhibitions and new educational facilities, Memorials or monuments, Research or lifelong learning

We've created a series animated videos to explore some of the more curious aspects of New Zealand's First World War experience. Released periodically over 2016-17.

Topics: video, History, online resources Audience: General Organised by: WW100 Programme Office Category: Publications and online resources

A website that tells the stories of the young men in Canterbury who were imprisoned for their beliefs, and the women, men and peace groups who supported them.

Topics: online resources, Websites, Regional history, Conscientious objection, Canterbury Audience: General, historians, Local residents Organised by: The Disarmament and Security Centre Category: Publications and online resources

A web-based project, commissioned by New Zealand Post, highlighting the vital role played by New Zealand’s postal system – the Internet of its time – during the First World War.

Members of the World War I Post & Telegraph Guard
Topics: Publications, Community contribution, Digital, History Audience: General, Organisational staff Located in: New Zealand, Wellington Organised by: Manatū Taonga - Ministry for Culture and Heritage Category: Publications and online resources

The New Zealand Tattoo takes place at Palmerston North’s Central Energy Trust Arena on 12-13 April 2019, coinciding with the centenary of the return of the Maori Pioneer Battalion in 1919.

Topics: Events, Music, Concerts, Maori, Homecoming Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North Organised by: Palmerston North City Council, New Zealand Defence Force Category: Commemorative events, parades and services, Concerts, festivals or performances

To place the Anzac poppy flower head on the places such as roads and facilities that are named after wartime activities or people.  

Topics: Memorials, youth, Genealogy, Heritage sites Audience: Teachers, Students, councils, Genealogists, RSA Organised by: Places of Remembrance Trust Category: Memorials or monuments

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 Onward Project aims to publish a photograph of every member of the NZEF who served overseas during the First World War, as a memorial to their service.

Topics: Books, NZEF, Photography, Publications, Community contribution Audience: Students, General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland Organised by: Fair Dinkum Publications Category: Publications and online resources, Research or lifelong learning

A book detailing the joint project between New Zealand, Australia and Turkey that has produced the first comprehensive archaeological and historical survey of the Anzac battlefield at Gallipoli.

Topics: Publications, Gallipoli, Books, History, Research Audience: historians Organised by: Cambridge University Press, Manatū Taonga - Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Category: Publications and online resources

A commemorative sculptural installation by Helen Pollock within the New Zealand Memorial, Passchendaele Memorial Museum. Unveiled 12 July 2013.

Topics: Passchendaele, Sculpture, Exhibitions Audience: General Organised by: Passchendaele Memorial Museum Category: Exhibitions and new educational facilities, Creative projects or crafts

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