NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

News

17 June 2019

A New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) rowing squad is gearing up to compete in a race to commemorate the same event that was held 100 years ago, after the end of the First World War.

The NZDF rowing team training at Lake Karapiro
10 June 2019

The important and poignant story of the Māori contribution to the First World War is told for the first time in the book Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E!: Maori in the First World War.

Line of men in replica uniforms of the Maori Pioneer Battalion
24 May 2019

Over half a million men from across the UK and abroad spent time at the camps at Cannock Chase learning the skills required on the Western Front. New Zealand's High Commissioner unveiled a sign at the spot to remember the New Zealand experience.

Two men shaking hands behind a newly unveiled Ngā Tapuwae sign
01 May 2019

Almost all New Zealanders engaged with the First World War Centenary Programme (WW100), according to a new report released today by Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Grant Robertson.

18 April 2019

The stories of three New Zealanders who made it home from the First World War are the focus of WW100’s latest campaign Finding Our Way Back.

12 April 2019

Curators of The Sound of Peace, an art soundscape are inviting the nation and Kiwis throughout the world to record their message of peace online.

Saint David's Church, Auckland
04 April 2019

The New Zealand Maori (Pioneer) Battalion was the only battalion of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force to return to New Zealand as a complete unit and on 6 April 1919, says Dr Monty Soutar, Senior Māori Historian Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

04 April 2019

A new memorial honouring the role of New Zealand Māori and other service people in the First World War will be unveiled in the Passchendaele Memorial Park, next to the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, Zonnebeke on Anzac Day, 25 April 2019.

03 April 2019

The much-awaited book Whitiki! Whiti! Whiti! E!: Māori in the First World War will be released through bookshops nationwide in June following its launch at Auckland War Memorial Museum on Wednesday 5 June 2019.

26 February 2019

The restored Te Arawa Soldiers’ Memorial will be unveiled 92 years to the day that it was originally erected in 1927 and the public are invited to attend.

14 December 2018

For the first time in nearly a century, a collection of significant First World War lantern slides belonging to the University of Canterbury (UC) is freely available for the public to view.

10 December 2018

The U.S. Memorial unveiled today at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park cements the long-standing relationship between the United States and New Zealand, Tamsin Evans, Deputy Chief Executive Delivery, Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage said today.

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