NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

Discover WW1

On 10 December 1918, in what became known as ‘The Surafend Incident’, New Zealand, Australian and British soldiers raided a Palestinian village named Sarafand al-Amar and killed about forty Arab civilians in retaliation for the murder of a New Zealand soldier. In this article, historian Terry Kinloch explains what happened.

Why did New Zealand soldiers use a minimising, laconic style to describe being wounded?

Those lucky enough to be born towards as peace was coming were sometimes given peace related names.

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?

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