The Armistice on 11 November 1918 may have ended the First World War, but New Zealand’s journey back to peacetime society would be a long one. To support the returning soldiers and nurses, the government set up a programme of training, loans, land settlements, pensions and rehabilitation schemes.
Just under 10% of our population served in the war. For those who survived, their journeys back took many different routes. The trauma they experienced affected both them and their families in untold ways.
These people and their stories are an important part of our history, and shaped who we are.
One of the stories in this video includes a reference to depression and suicide. Need to talk? Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor Lifeline – 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP) Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) Healthline – 0800 611 116 Samaritans – 0800 726 666
The impact of WW1
- Add your contribution to records of First World War service personnel on Auckland War Memorial Museum's Online Cenotaph
- Download historical images of homecomings, education, training and peace celebrations to share or display
- Learn about the history of repatriating and rehabilition after the war on NZHistory
- Discover the impact of the war on Te Ara – The Encylopedia of New Zealand
- Find out about First World War homecomings throughout the First World War
- Read biographies of the three people featured in the Finding Our Way Back campaign videos and posters (PDF, 2 MB)
Gathering with the community to mark Anzac Day has been a New Zealand tradition for over 100 years. Many Anzac Day ceremonies will take place at a First World War memorial, constructed by communities to remember those who had died and served in the Great War. Learn more about New Zealand's memorials in our Monumental section.
Information on how you can be involved this year is available via the links below.
- Find an Anzac Day service in New Zealand with the RSA's online tool
- Find an event
- Anzac Day national commemoration details
- Download our guides to Anzac Day in various languages
- Learn more about the history of Anzac Day in New Zealand on NZHistory
Download the Finding Our Way Back resources