NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

Discover WW1

New Zealand's official war photographer was on the ground during the last major action by the New Zealanders in the Great War. See how he captured the Battle of Le Quesnoy of 4 November 1918.

What does a small knotted horse-hair watch-guard tell us about the experience of conscientious objectors in Paparua Prison during the First World War?

Did you know there were five by-elections in 1918? The results shook the political establishment, and suggested that there was significant disquiet amongst the public about the government's wartime policies.

Did you know that the New Zealand troopship Tahiti became infamous as a 'death ship' when the deadly influenza virus ravaged many of its 1217 passengers in August 1918?

I mōhio anō koe nō te whakahaeretanga o te Ture Puruma ki te iwi Māori i te tau 1917, kotahi tonu anō te iwi i āta whakahaua i raro i tērā ture. Koia ngā kōrero mō ngā mahi a tērā o ngā rangatira o Waikato, a Te Puea Hērangi, i te mauheretanga o ētahi o tana iwi i whakakeke atu rā ki te Ture Puruma.

Did you know that when First World War conscription was extended to Māori, it was targeted at only one iwi? Learn how Waikato leader Te Puea Hērangi responded to the arrest of her people who resisted conscription.

What can a memorial's inscription and list of names tell us about New Zealand communities 100 years ago?

Did you know that almost all of New Zealand's First World War memorials were paid for by local communities, schools and work places?

There are over 500 First World War memorials scattered across the country, in almost every community. Why did New Zealanders go to such monumental lengths to create them?

At dawn on 24 February 1918, Private Victor Spencer became the fifth and final New Zealander to be executed during the First World War. In this article, former MP Mark Peck explains what drove him to sponsor a bill pardoning the five soldiers.

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