Activities & Projects
A new book by Trish McCormack & Andrew Gibson explores the letters of NZ soldier Jack Pryce during the First World War.
Food Glorious Food takes your away from the trenches and into the cook houses of the New Zealand Division during the First World War. National Army Museum, Waiōuru, 16 December 2016 - 30 April 2018.
'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.
War in the Holy Lands, takes you on the journey of the NZ soldiers who fought on horseback across Sinai and Palestine. The Great War Exhibition, Wellington, 13 December 2017 - 20 February 2018.
Citizens of the nations affected by the First World War are invited to take part in a weekend of remembrance and reconciliation in the French town of Reims on June 22-24 2018.
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.
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).
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.
Through diaries, letters, and official histories, follow six NZ soldiers at the Battle of Gravenstafel and see the story through their eyes. Wainuiomata Community Library, 4 December 2017, 11am.
A new First World War memorial was unveiled at Clifton Terrace Model School in Wellington at 10.30am on Monday 19 November 2018.
Sandra Coney's new book explores the faces behind Waitākere's First World War memorials.
A talk on the lobbying and rationale behind the creation of an area where men who fought overseas but died locally could be buried with their comrades. Karori Cemetery, Wellington, 11 Nov 2017, 1pm
Hear a talk by Yale's Professor Jay Winter exploring the ‘Kodak revolution’ of WW1 and the trail of unofficial photography that ensued. Te Papa, Wellington, 25 Nov 2017, 7pm.
Jane Tolerton speaks about her new book looking at the many roles NZ women played overseas in the First World War. National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, 9 Nov 2017, 5.30pm
Professor of History at Yale University, Professor Jay Winter, will host a fascinating discussion on the spatial logic of war memorials at Palmerston North Central Library, 23 Nov 2017, 5:30pm.
Celebrate the relationship between Cambridge and the French town of Le Quesnoy on the 99th anniversary of the liberation of Le Quesnoy. Cambridge Bowling Club, 4 Nov 2017, 12pm.
A unique opportunity to hear Professor of History at Yale University, Professor Jay Winter speak on the impact of war and how is is remembered. Palmerston North Central Library, 24 Nov 2017, 1pm.
"In Flanders Fields" arrangement for choir and piano by David Hamilton and performed by Cantores Choir.
Join the town of Cambridge as they commemorate armistice and remember their ongoing friendship with Le Quesnoy, France at Cambridge Town Hall, 12 Nov 2017, 10am.
A fascinating record of New Zealand's involvement in the First World War with commentary and a contemporary soundtrack. National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, 16 Nov 2017.
A commemorative service for the anniversary of Armistice Day will be held at the Palmerston North Cenotaph on 11 Nov 2017 at 11am.
A national commemoration to mark the service of New Zealanders in the Middle East during the First World War. Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Wellington, 31 October, 11am.
A new exhibition looking at Passchendaele from the perspective of those who took part. National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, 8.30am - 5pm.
Follow the journey of the Otago Infantry Regiment and Mounted Rifles in a special screening of this documentary at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin, 11 November 2017, 10am.
The Dannevirke World War I committee will host a free event to commemorate our fallen at Passchendaele on Wednesday, October 11, at 7.30pm, in the Fountain Theatre, Dannevirke.
A Battle of Passchendaele commemorative ceremony will be held at the Lower Hutt War Memorial Cenotaph on Saturday 14 October 2017 at 11am.
The Royal New Zealand Navy Band presents a concert to commemorate the 99th anniversary of Armistice at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland, 9 Nov 2017, 7pm.
Timaru will host a service to mark the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele at Timaru Botanic Gardens, 15 October 2017, 2pm.
An exhibition commemorating those from Westland who served at Passchendaele. Westland District Library, Hokitika, 6-31 Oct 2017.
Warkworth & Districts RSA will hold a commemorative service for the Battle of Passchendaele as well as unveil a WW1 Oak Memorial on 12 October 2017 at 11.30am.
The 99th anniversary of Armistice will be marked in Cambridge with this family friendly event at Mighty River Domain, Cambridge, 11-12 Nov 2017.
A Battle of Passchendaele commemorative service will be held at at the Mount Maunganui Cenotaph on 14 October at 2pm.
Belgian musician Jef Neve will perform a solo concert to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele. Victoria University Hunter Council Chamber, Wellington, 13 Oct 2017, 6pm.
A play delving into the experience of three Otago men on the battlefields of the Western Front. Globe Theatre, Dunedin, 5-14 Oct 2017.
A powerful new exhibition about the experience of New Zealanders in the tragic Battle of Passchendaele. The Great War Exhibition, Wellington, 4 Oct – 3 Dec 2017.
Dr Ryan McLane is set to lead a public talk on the spread of influenza in the Pacific during the 1918 flu pandemic. Karori Recreation Centre, Wellington, 29 Oct 2017, 2pm.
A live action tribute to the Otago soldiers who lost their lives at the Battle of Passchendaele during the First World War. Dunedin, 14 Oct 2017, 12pm.
Find out about the 'missing' memorials of the Māori communities on the East Coast at Auckland Central City Library, 15 Nov 2017, 12pm.
A memorial concert by the Aorangi Singers and Symphony Orchestra, the third in a series of First World War commemorative concerts at St Matthew-in-the-City, Auckland, 4 November 2017, 7pm.
Join Good Sons author Greg Hall as he talks about his new novel. Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor, National Library, Wellington, 12 October 2017, 5:30pm.
An exhibition bringing to life the hardships felt by the men and women of Porirua serving on the Western Front during the First World War. Pātaka Art + Museum, Porirua, 8-29 Oct 2017.
A New Zealand memorial and garden at the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 in Zonnebeke, Belgium will be unveiled on 12 October 2017, the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele.
In the lead up to the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, Belgian historian Freddy Declerk will present a talk at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Wellington on 24 Sept 2017 at 4:30pm.
A commemorative ceremony marking the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele will be held at Auckland Museum on 12 October 2017 at 11am.
Come to two talks about NZ women’s contributions during the First World War, and explore the Passchendaele memorial locomotive at Wellington Railway Station, 13 October 2017, 11am.
Hear two fascinating talks, one about the Battle of Passchendaele, the other about its memorial locomotive – both delivered beside the Ab608 Passchendaele itself. Wellington Railway Station, 12 Oct 2017, 11am.
An exhibition of a quilt created by the people of Cambridge as a gift to their sister town of Le Quesnoy, France to mark the centenary of the liberation of the town during the First World War. St Andrews Anglican Church, Cambridge, 23-24 Sept 2017, 10am - 4pm.
A play that brings to life the diary of Dunedin man, Gunner Leonard Frank Broad, and his experiences during the First World War. Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, 28-29 October 2017.
Battlefield guide Charlotte Descamps is set to present an interesting talk on the ongoing effect of the First World War on Flanders. Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin, 14 Oct 2017, 2pm.
Toitū curator Seán Brosnahan is set to present a fascinating talk on the experience of the Otagos at Passchendaele. Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin, 7 Oct 2017, 2pm.
A Field of Remembrance will be installed around the Dunedin Cenotaph to mark the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele from 1 October to 11 November 2017.
Christchurch Memorial RSA will host a remembrance parade and service to mark the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele. 12 October 2017, 10.40am.
The International Military Music Society, NZ Branch in association with The Passchendaele Society, presents ‘Passchendaele Remembered’ at Bruce Mason Centre, Auckland, 15 Oct 2017.
A remembrance ceremony will be held at Auckland Domain's Field of Remembrance to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele. 12 Oct 2017, 10am.
The Passchendaele Field of Remembrance at Auckland Domain will be disestablished, beginning with a blessing ceremony. 20 Oct 2017, 10am.
A Field of Remembrance of 2412 crosses will be established at Auckland Domain for the New Zealanders who died in the Third Battle of Ypres, 5 Oct 2017, 10am.
Tours and a sunset ceremony will be held to mark the centenary of the Battle of Broodseinde, where 492 NZ men died, including All Black captain Dave Gallaher. Eden Park, Auckland, 4 Oct 2017, 6.30pm.
A national commemorative programme will be held in Wellington to mark the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele on 12 October 2017, begining at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park from 3pm.
Freddy Declerck, expert on Passchendaele, will talk about the five battles in Flanders including the toll of the First World War at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin, 23 September 2017, 2pm.
A number of excursions and talks on the Passchendaele steam train are planned to commemorate the battle in which New Zealand experienced one of its darkest days.
An evening of music commemorating the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele. Charles Luney Auditorium, Christchurch, 15 October 2017, 3pm.
Author Jane Tolerton is set to discuss the true stories of Wellington women in the First World War, drawing on research from her new book. Booklovers B&B, Wellington, 29 October 2017, 4pm.
An opportunity to learn more about All Black captain Dave Gallaher on the centenary of his death at the Battle of Passchendaele. East Coast Bays Library, Auckland, 18 October 2017, 10.30am.
An Awfully Big Adventure transports audiences to the First World War to interrogate the impact it had on New Zealanders. Theatre Royal, Nelson, 17 October 2017, 6pm.
Hop aboard at Wellington and journey up the coast to Paekakariki as the train returns after a series of journeys marking the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele. 15 October 2017, 3:15pm.
Take a special steam-train journey to commemorate the Battle of Passchendaele’s centenary. Wellington Railway Station, 14-15 October 2017.
An exhibition of personal stories from the frontline, published accounts of home front efforts, and modern reflections on Passchendaele.
A memorial service marking the 99th anniversary of the signing of the armistice. Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland, 11 November 2017, 11am.
A symposium on one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s greatest military tragedies at Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland, 3 October 2017, 6:30pm.
A new interactive gallery exploring New Zealand's unique First World War story opening October 2017 at Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland.
Climb aboard a steam train, and join characters from the NZ military on their journey to and from the devastating Battle of Passchendaele. Wellington Railway Station, 15 October 2017, 12:15pm.
A service to dedicate and bless a memorial tablet to 11 local men whose lives were lost in the First World War. Glenfield Community Centre, Auckland, 9 September 2017, 10am.
A symposium examining the production and consumption of commemorative images and objects at University of Canterbury, Christchurch, 2 September 2017, 1pm.
Get a sense for life during the First World War at Anzac in Action 2018. Rangitata Island Aerodrome, Geraldine, 21-22 Apr 2018.
An exhibition of the work of renowned architect Samuel Hurst Seager, designer of NZ’s First World War battlefield memorials at University of Canterbury, Christchurch, 15 Aug - 4 Sept 2017.
An opportunity to explore one fascinating aspect of the 'Gallipoli: The scale of our war' exhibition in detail with a free tour. Te Papa, Wellington. 21 August - 1 September 2017.
A ceremony to mark the Battle of Passchendaele where 843 New Zealanders died in a single day. Sheffield Domain, Sheffield, Selwyn. 12 October 2017, 2pm.
An Awfully Big Adventure transports audiences to the First World War to interrogate the impact it had on New Zealanders. Civic Theatre, Invercargill, 31 August 2017, 6pm.
Four Tauranga men died at Passchendaele – this exhibition tells their story. Greerton Library, Tauranga, 30 October - 16 November 2017, 9.30am - 3.30pm.
Explore the story of Charles Southey, who was awarded the military medal for bravery following the Battle of Passchendaele. Tauranga City Library, 29 Sept – 30 Nov 2017, 9:30am – 5:00pm
Historian and author Damien Fenton will explore the Battle of Passchendaele in a talk at Tauranga Boys College, Tauranga, 28 September 2017, 6:30pm
An afternoon tea for descendants of First World War veterans to remember those who served in the Battle of Passchendaele. Mt Maunganui RSA, Mt Maunganui, 8 October 2017, 2 p.m.
A working bee to tidy the graves of some of the 650 people buried at Karori Cementery who died in the 1918 influenza outbreak. Karori Cemetery, Wellington, 12 November 2017, 2 p.m.
A presentation on the work involved to complete the biographies of more than fifty people who died in the 1918 influenza pandemic. Karori Recreation Centre, Wellington, 13 August 2017, 2 p.m.
Discover the amazing stories of two courageous New Zealand nurses in the First World War. The final of three talks by curator Kirstie Ross. Te Papa, Wellington, 30 August 2017, 11:15am.
Hear about the personal treasures that soldiers and their loved ones cherished during the First World War in a talk by Te Papa curator Kirstie Ross. Te Papa, Wellington, 24 August 2017, 11:15am.
New Zealand Defence Force historian John Crawford to present a talk to the Marlborough Historical Society on the Battle of Passchendaele. Marlborough Convention Centre, Blenheim, 24 September 2017.
A free guided tour exploring the story of Count Felix Graf von Luckner's escape from Motuihe Island during the First World War. 8 October 2017.
An Armistice Day parade will be held at the Blenheim War Memorial, Blenheim, 11 November 2017, 11am.
Mesut Uyar from the University of New South Wales will speak on The August Offensive and the Ottomans: A Faceless Army at the Distinction Hotel, Palmerston North, 8 August 2017, 5:30p.m.
Gillian Headifen will explore the Turnbull Library holdings on the Battle of Messines. National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, 20 June 2017, 12:10pm.
Colonel Colin Richardson will explore the background and execution of the Battle of Messines. Palmerston North Central Library, 7 June 2017 at 6:30pm.
Seán Brosnahan, from Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, will speak about the Otago unit's role in the Battle of Messines. Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin, 13 June 2017 at 10am.
South Wairarapa District Council, Featherston Memorial RSA and the wider community are commemorating the centenary of the Battle of Messines on 7 June 2017 at 1pm.
An opera exploring the story of Archibald Baxter and thirteen other conscientious objectors who were forcibly sent to the Western Front. Mayfair Theatre, Dunedin, 22–29 July 2017.
A commemorative service marking the centenary of the Battle of Messines will be held at Auckland War Memorial Museum, Wednesday 7 June 2017 at 11am.
In the spirit of Matariki, the Great War Exhibition in Wellington offers guided tours to tell the story of Māori in the First World War. 24–25 June 2017.
‘Balls, Bullets & Boots – from rugby field to battlefield’ is a unique exhibition tackling the story of wartime rugby. Papakura Museum, Auckland, 6 June – 22 July 2017.
A concert of music and readings in commemoration of the battles of the Western Front during the First World War. St Matthew's Anglican Church, Hastings, 17 June 2017.
Nelson RSA have established a First World War Memorial at Marsden Valley Cemetery, Nelson.
Make your own ‘Flower of War’ and you could inspire the creation of a new work for the Flowers of War wreath. Canterbury Museum, Christchurch, 3 June - 5 June 2017.