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The Roaring Chorus

A nation-wide Roaring Chorus to mark the Armistice centenary.

At 11am on 11 November 1918, after four years of brutal conflict, the First World War finally came to an end. When news of the Armistice reached New Zealand it was met with widespread thanksgiving, celebration and a lot of noise.

“There were songs and cheers, miscellaneous pipings and blastings, and tootings and rattlings—a roaring chorus of gladsome sounds.” – Armistice celebrations in Wellington described in The Evening Post, 12 November 1918

100 years on, we want to recapture this energy and we invite you to join us.

How can you be involved?

On Sunday 11 November, a two minute silence will be observed at 11am to acknowledge the immense loss and hardship endured throughout the war. Following this, we encourage organisations and communities to gather whatever ‘instruments’ they have at hand, and help create a roaring chorus of jubilant sound that once again celebrates peace and hope for the future.  

The brief is wide open, you could ring bells, sound sirens, or toot horns. You could sing a waiata, beat drums or play music. You could incorporate something upbeat into an event you already had planned or do something stand alone. Anything goes.

Download an information sheet about the Roaring Chorus (PDF, 421 KB)

Register your interest

If your organisation or group is keen to be involved in the Armistice Centenary by joining the roaring chorus, observing the two minute silence, or some other way, please get in touch. This way we can keep you up to date with the plans for Armistice and help promote your efforts. 

Email: [email protected]

Promote your event online

Be sure to list your Roaring Chorus activity on our website here, or if it's part of a publicly accessible event add it to Eventfinda and check the WW100 Tours & Themes box.

Looking for inspiration from history?

  • Have a look at the Armistice resources we’ve pulled together. These include a brief history of Armistice Day, historical accounts of Armistice around New Zealand and on the front, and a selection of images you are free to download and use.
  • Read more about events in the lead up to Armistice, and what happened around New Zealand.
  • If you are looking for a more detailed account about what happened in your community, trying searching Papers Past. Papers Past hosts millions of pages of digitised historical content from all over New Zealand. It features material from newspapers, magazines and journals, letters and diaries and parliamentary papers. There is good coverage of the First World War period.