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

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NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

Activities and Projects

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

This book records, for the first time, biographies and stories about the nurses (both registered and unregistered) and chaplains with a Nelson/Tasman connection, who served in the First World War.  

Topics: Chaplains to the Forces, Local history, Research, Women in wartime, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: Descendants, Individuals / Families, General, local visitors, Women Organised by: New Zealand Society of Genealogists Nelson Branch Category: Publications and online resources

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

A project to audit and digitise the First World War collections at the Waimate Historical Society, and encourage members of the public to share personal stories and artefacts.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, online resource, Digitisation Audience: General, historians, social historians Located in: New Zealand, Waimate Organised by: Waimate Historical Society Category: Publications and online resources, Research or lifelong learning

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

In 1915, 160 Niuean men joined the NZEF as part of the Maori Reinforcements and set sail to Auckland and then Egypt and France. This updated book describing their experience was published mid-2018.

Topics: Niue, Book, Pacific Islands, New Zealand Expeditionary Force, New Zealand Army Audience: Readers, General Public, Students, Teachers, Pacific cultures Organised by: Otago University Press Category: Publications and online resources

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

Short films telling personal stories about New Zealanders affected by the First World War.

Topics: August 14, Film, Digital, History, Conscientious objection Audience: Students, Teachers, General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington Organised by: Alexander Turnbull Library, Archives New Zealand, Manatū Taonga - Ministry for Culture and Heritage Category: Publications and online resources

A  web page featuring First World War stories from the Top of the South, contributed by the community and commissioned by the Prow. New stories will be added through the commemoration.

Topics: Research, Websites, Digital, August 14 Audience: local visitors, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Nelson Organised by: The Prow Category: Publications and online resources, Research or lifelong learning

A project seeking to establish the first permanent New Zealand War Memorial Museum in the town of Le Quesnoy, France, in time for the centenary of the town's liberation on 4 November 1918.

Topics: Le Quesnoy, Museums, Exhibitions, France Organised by: New Zealand War Memorial Museum Trust Category: Exhibitions and new educational facilities

The untold story of the New Zealanders who fought the Great War under other flags. Written by Glyn Harper, and published by Massey University Press in April 2019. 

Topics: History, Publications, First World War Centenary History Programme, Soldiers, nurses Organised by: Massey University Press, Massey University Category: Publications and online resources

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

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