NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

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War in the Holy Lands, takes you on the journey of the NZ soldiers who fought on horseback across Sinai and Palestine. The Great War Exhibition, Wellington, 13 December 2017 - 20 February 2018.

Topics: Middle East, Exhibitions, Horses, Sinai, Palestine Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: The Great War Exhibition

A groundbreaking physical theatre show exploring a friendship across cultures against the back drop of WW1. Performed in NZSL, English & Serbian. Accessible for Deaf and hearing audiences.  

Topics: Theatre, NZSL, Accessible theatre for Deaf and hearing audiences Audience: Deaf community, Hearing community, General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A new First World War memorial is set to be unveiled at Clifton Terrace Model School in Wellington to mark the centenary of Armistice Day on 11 November 2018.

Topics: Memorials and Monuments, Schools, Armistice Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Scholar Steven Loveridge will consider the changing perception of WW1 over the last century in relation to Passchendaele in this talk at the National Library, Wellington, 13 Dec 2017, 5.30pm.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Passchendaele, remembrance Audience: General, genral audiences Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A talk on the lobbying and rationale behind the creation of an area where men who fought overseas but died locally could be buried with their comrades. Karori Cemetery, Wellington, 11 Nov 2017, 1pm

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Karori, Armistice Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
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Hear a talk by Yale's Professor Jay Winter exploring the ‘Kodak revolution’ of WW1 and the trail of unofficial photography that ensued. Te Papa, Wellington, 25 Nov 2017, 7pm.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Photography, History Audience: General, general audiences, historians, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Jane Tolerton speaks about her new book looking at the many roles NZ women played overseas in the First World War. National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, 9 Nov 2017, 5.30pm

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Women in wartime Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A fascinating record of New Zealand's involvement in the First World War with commentary and a contemporary soundtrack. National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, 16 Nov 2017.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Film Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A national commemoration to mark the service of New Zealanders in the Middle East during the First World War. Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Wellington, 31 October, 11am.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Beersheba Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A new exhibition looking at Passchendaele from the perspective of those who took part. National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, 8.30am - 5pm.

Topics: Social & Political History, Passchendaele, Exhbition Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Let your kids explore, learn and create with The Great War Exhibition's inspiring guides these school holidays. ​The Great War Exhibition, Wellington, 8-22 Jan 2018.

Topics: Children, Kids, Holidays, Public Talks & Tours Audience: Families, children Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Category: Tours or trails
Organised by: The Great War Exhibition

Belgian musician Jef Neve will perform a solo concert to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele. Victoria University Hunter Council Chamber, Wellington, 13 Oct 2017, 6pm.

Topics: Classical Music, Passchendaele Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by:

A powerful new exhibition about the experience of New Zealanders in the tragic Battle of Passchendaele. The Great War Exhibition, Wellington, 4 Oct – 3 Dec 2017.

Topics: Social & Political History, Passchendaele Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: The Great War Exhibition

Dr Ryan McLane is set to lead a public talk on the spread of influenza in the Pacific during the 1918 flu pandemic. Karori Recreation Centre, Wellington, 29 Oct 2017, 2pm.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Influenza Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Karori Recreation Centre

Join Good Sons author Greg Hall as he talks about his new novel. Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor, National Library, Wellington, 12 October 2017, 5:30pm.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Passchendaele, Book Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

In the lead up to the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, Belgian historian Freddy Declerk will present a talk at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Wellington on 24 Sept 2017 at 4:30pm.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Passchendaele Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

WW100 will mark the Battle of Passchendaele with a national commemorative programme held in Wellington on Thursday 12 October.

Topics: Passchendaele, Events, Commemorations, Ceremonies Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: WW100 Programme Office

Come to two talks about NZ women’s contributions during the First World War, and explore the Passchendaele memorial locomotive at Wellington Railway Station, 13 October 2017, 11am.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Passchendaele, train Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Hear two fascinating talks, one about the Battle of Passchendaele, the other about its memorial locomotive – both delivered beside the Ab608 Passchendaele itself. Wellington Railway Station, 12 Oct 2017, 11am.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Passchendaele Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A national commemorative programme will be held in Wellington to mark the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele on 12 October 2017, begining at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park from 3pm.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Passchendaele, national commemorations Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: WW100 Programme Office

A number of excursions and talks on the Passchendaele steam train are planned to commemorate the battle in which New Zealand experienced one of its darkest days.

Topics: Passchendaele, train, Family Entertainment Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Te Papa

Author Jane Tolerton is set to discuss the true stories of Wellington women in the First World War, drawing on research from her new book. Booklovers B&B, Wellington, 29 October 2017, 4pm. 

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Women in wartime, Wellington Audience: general audiences, General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Hop aboard at Wellington and journey up the coast to Paekakariki as the train returns after a series of journeys marking the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele. 15 October 2017, 3:15pm.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Passchendaele, train Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Te Papa

Take a special steam-train journey to commemorate the Battle of Passchendaele’s centenary. Wellington Railway Station, 14-15 October 2017. 

Topics: Passchendaele, Family & Lifestyle, train Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Climb aboard a steam train, and join characters from the NZ military on their journey to and from the devastating Battle of Passchendaele. Wellington Railway Station, 15 October 2017, 12:15pm.

Topics: Theatre, Passchendaele Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Te Papa

The Olympic Harrier Club still holds an annual race to remember club members who died in the First World War.

Topics: Gallipoli, race, athletics, signals, signallers Audience: runners, athletics, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

An opportunity to explore one fascinating aspect of the 'Gallipoli: The scale of our war' exhibition in detail with a free tour. Te Papa, Wellington. 21 August - 1 September 2017.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Inside Gallipoli Audience: General, general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Category: Tours or trails
Organised by: Te Papa

A presentation on the work involved to complete the biographies of more than fifty people who died in the 1918 influenza pandemic. Karori Recreation Centre, Wellington, 13 August 2017, 2 p.m.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Influenza Audience: general audiences Located in: Wellington
Organised by:

A working bee to tidy the graves of some of the 650 people buried at Karori Cementery who died in the 1918 influenza outbreak. Karori Cemetery, Wellington, 12 November 2017, 2 p.m.

Topics: Restoration projects Audience: general audiences, wellington Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Category: Other
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How did soldiers cook during the First World War, and what food did their families send them? The first of three talks by Te Papa curator Kirstie Ross. Te Papa, Wellington, 22 August 2017, 11:15am.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Inside Gallipoli Audience: general audience Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Te Papa

Hear about the personal treasures that soldiers and their loved ones cherished during the First World War in a talk by Te Papa curator Kirstie Ross. Te Papa, Wellington, 24 August 2017, 11:15am.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Inside Gallipoli Audience: general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Te Papa

Discover the amazing stories of two courageous New Zealand nurses in the First World War. The final of three talks by curator Kirstie Ross. Te Papa, Wellington, 30 August 2017, 11:15am.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Inside Gallipoli Audience: general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Te Papa

Queen Elisabeth medal recipient Elizabeth Pinfold's restored grave will be unveiled by the Belgian Ambassador at Karori Cemetery, Wellington, 21 July 2017, 2 p.m.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Restoration projects Audience: general audience, wellington Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by:

A commemorative street sign in remembrance of Brigadier-General Bernard Cyril Freyberg will be unveiled. Lyall Bay, Wellington, 18 June 2017.

Topics: Commemorations, Memorials Audience: wellington, general audience Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Wellington City Council

Gillian Headifen will explore the Turnbull Library holdings on the Battle of Messines. National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, 20 June 2017, 12:10pm.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Messines Audience: general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Join Evan Roberts and his class of American students as they present their research into 22 New Zealand First World War soldiers. Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Wellington, 8 June 2017.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours Audience: general audience, wellington Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

In the spirit of Matariki, the Great War Exhibition in Wellington offers guided tours to tell the story of Māori in the First World War. 24–25 June 2017.

Topics: Museums, Maori, Public Talks & Tours Audience: general audiences Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Category: Tours or trails
Organised by: The Great War Exhibition

The Great War Exhibition builds on its story by opening the next in its series of temporary exhibitions, “Wounded”. Dominion Museum Building, Wellington, 1 May - 30 June 2017.

Topics: Social & Political History, Exhibitions Audience: general audience Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Dominion Museum Building

The White Crosses project is a nationwide initiative. This field consists of a named cross for every man and woman from the Wellington region who died over 100 years ago.

Topics: Social & Political History, memorial Audience: general audience Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Wellington, 25 Apr 2017.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies Audience: general audience, wellington Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Following Anzac Day, historians give their perspectives on the First World War, with an emphasis on events in 1917. At Te Papa, on 26 April 2017.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, History, Education Audience: historians Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A conference organised by the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies and the Labour History Project to be held at Rutherford House, Wellington, 31 Aug-2 Sep 2017.

Topics: Conference, Education, Events Audience: General, historians, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Rutherford House

Scotland's famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is known as the "greatest show on earth".

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Concert, Events Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: New Zealand Festival

An exhibition of Sikh soldiers in the First and Second World Wars, presented by Sikh Foundation NZ.Wellington Central Library, 12 -27 April 2017.

Topics: Social & Political History, Events, Exhibitions Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Sikh Foundation NZ

A remembrance ceremony at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington at 11 am on 7 June 2017 to mark the centenary of the Battle of Messines.

Topics: Messines, Events, Commemorations, Ceremonies, Western Front, Belgium Audience: General, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Sarah Davies, Director of WW100, presents a talk on Ngā Tapuwae New Zealand First World War Trails at the NZ Society of Genealogists' talk at Loaves & Fishes, Wellington, on 26 April 2017.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, Genealogy Audience: Genealogists Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

The Belgians Have Not Forgotten is an exhibition created by the Memorial Museum Passchendaele, touring New Zealand venues in 2017.

Topics: Social & Political History, Events, exhibition, Belgium, Passchendaele Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand, Christchurch, New Zealand, Dunedin, New Zealand, Hamilton, New Zealand, Wellington

NZSO concerts in Auckland and Wellington in May 2017, featuring Gareth Farr's requiem concerto Chemin des Dames, which pays tribute to the soldiers who fell in the First World War.

Topics: Events, Music, Classical Music, Creative Projects, Creative NZ Co-commissioning Fund Audience: General, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, France, Auckland, New Zealand, France, Wellington

A poignant, stirring theatrical production, based on actual letters sent home from the front. Performed at Hannah Playhouse, Wellington from 4-8 April 2017.

Topics: Theatre, Performances, Events, Gallipoli Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by:

Through the eyes of 7 generations of Wellingtonians, The Undertow explores major historical moments in our country’s history, including the First World War. At Te Papa, 17-29 January 2017.

Topics: Performances, Plays, Events Audience: General, theatre goers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Te Rākau Theatre

A reworking of Bob Kerr's paintings of the conscientious objectors' experience, brought them to life in a short film. Plays several times each day at Wellington Museum until 2018.

Topics: Film, Conscientious objection, Events, Conscription Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Wellington Museum

Screenings of the Gallipoli animated film "25 April" at Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision in Wellington from 19-29 April 2017.

Topics: Film, Gallipoli, Anzac Day 2017, Events Audience: General, Students, children Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Screenings of "For King & Country: New Zealand's First World War on Film" at Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision in Wellington from 22 to 27 April 2017.

Topics: Film, Anzac Day 2017, Events Audience: General, Students, historians, Film lovers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

This multidisciplinary symposium, held in Wellington in April 2017, examines the cataclysmic experiences of 1917, and expands to reflect on their ongoing historical legacy.

Topics: Conferences, symposiums, Experiences, 1917 Audience: General, academics Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Massey University

A ceremony to unveil a commemorative plaque near France's future memorial at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Wellington, will be held on 18 November 2016.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Memorials, France, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

To commemorate 100 years of censorship in New Zealand Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision in Wellington is showing films that were banned in New Zealand on their initial release throughout November 2016.

Topics: Film, Censorship, Events Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

John Psathas and Mathew Knight discuss the locations, ethos and impact of their recent First World War commemorative collaboration, No Man’s Land at MBIE in Wellington on 2 November 2016

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, Music Audience: General, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A march and series of ceremonies at parliament to remember the contribution that Cook Island soldiers made to the First World War. In Wellington on 16 November 2016.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Cook Islands, Commemorations Audience: Descendants, Pacific cultures Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: CISWWO Committee

Interested in researching someone who served in the First World War? Come to a presentation on war records at National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, on 18 October 2016.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Research, Family History, Events Audience: General, Genealogists Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

On 12 October 2016, as part of Seniors Week, join a tour focusing on the people and historic events relating to Parliament during the First World War

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, History, Parliament Audience: Seniors Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Category: Tours or trails
Organised by: Parliamentary Service

To mark the War in France Commemorations in Wellington on 18 September 2016, we have an exclusive opportunity to tell the story of France in The Great War.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, France Audience: General, historians Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Category: Tours or trails
Organised by: Great War Exhibition

To mark the official commemoration of the War in France on 18 September 2016, the Great War Exhibition will be offering its very popular poppy making workshop.

Topics: Children, Kids, Holidays, Poppy making, Events Audience: children Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Great War Exhibition

The British High Commission with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra present a screening of the film The Battle of the Somme at Wellington's Michael Fowler Centre on 24 September 2016.

Topics: Classical Music, Film Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Dr Ian McGibbon will speak at a lunchtime Public History Talk on 7 September 2016 on his forthcoming publication, New Zealand's Western Front Campaign.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Western Front, History, Events Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Join Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision for the Wellington screenings of "The Battle of the Somme", a film shot in 1916. Screening on 14-17 September 2016.

Topics: Events, films, Somme, Battle of the Somme Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Category: Other

A screening of "For King & Country: New Zealand's First World War on Film" at Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision in Wellington on 10-12 August 2016.

Topics: Film, Events Audience: General, Film lovers, historians Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

An opportunity to find out more about the Measuring the ANZACs project, using citizen historians to transcribe service files. At the National Library, Wellington, on 20 July 2016.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Historical records, Events, family histories Audience: family historians Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

An animated film to be shown on Wellington Museum's unique vertically-formatted Tall Screen.

Topics: Film, Visitor Experience, exhibition, History, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General, family, School students, local visitors, local Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Wellington Museum

In this workshop, you'll get an overview of the Measuring the ANZACs project and an introduction to its use in teaching NZ history and social studies. At Wellington High School on 22 July 2016.

Topics: Education, History, Events, Public Talks & Tours, Websites Audience: Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Measuring the ANZACs

In the spirit of Matariki, the Great War Exhibition in Wellington offers guided tours to tell the story of Māori in the First World War. Held on weekends between 18-26 June 2016.

Topics: Museums, Exhibitions, Public Talks & Tours, Events, Maori Audience: historians, General, Maori, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Category: Tours or trails
Organised by: The Great War Exhibition

A new exhibit at Wellington’s The Great War Exhibition opens on 31 May 2016, marking the centenary of the Battle of Jutland – the pivotal naval battle of the First World War.

Topics: Exhibitions, Jutland100, Battle of Jutland Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Great War Exhibition

A photographic essay on the Construction of Arras Tunnel and Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. Hall of Memories, The Carillon, National War Memorial, Wellington 19-24 May 2016.

Topics: Anzac Day 2015, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Memorials and Monuments Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A talk by Chris Bourke looking at the musical responses in New Zealand to the First World War. National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, 18 May 2016.

Topics: Music Audience: General, historians Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Share stories of soldiers who fought in the First World War in the #wellynextdoor recording caravan. Civic Square, Wellington, 21 April 2016.

Topics: Oral history, Family History Audience: General, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A Pacific poppy. An outstretched hand. An abstract painting. View a collection of Max Gimblett's commemorative arts works at Ngā Toi, Te Papa, from 16 March - 22 May 2016.

Topics: Contemporary Art, Events, Exhibitions Audience: General, Arts appreciators Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Special tours focusing on historic events relating to Parliament during the First World War.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, History, Parliament, politics Audience: General, historians, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Category: Tours or trails
Organised by: Parliamentary Service

"Gallipoli: End of the Road / Canakkale – Yolun Sonu" (2013) is screening as part of the Turkish Film Festival, at Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision, Wellington, on 23 April 2016.

Topics: Events, Film, Turkey, Gallipoli Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A light and sound show featuring art and historical imagery projected onto the National War Memorial at Pukeahu. The 15-minute loop will run each evening from 21 to 25 April 2016.

Topics: Events, Sound and light show, Commemorations, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Anzac Day 2016 Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Wellington City Council

Chinese Anzacs: Australians of Chinese Descent in the Defence Forces 1885-1919 - Second Edition revised to include New Zealand-born Chinese of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force 1914-1919.

Topics: Chinese, History, ANZAC, Publications, Book Audience: Descendants, historians Located in: New Zealand, Australia, Wellington

Anna shares some of the letters between her grandfather and great uncle that led to her discovering a story crying out to be told. Held at the Embassy Theatre, Wellington, on 10 March 2016.

Topics: Literary, NZ Festival, Events, Writers Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: New Zealand Festival

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra continues to commemorate the centenary of the First World War with two special concerts of remembrance and thanksgiving in April 2016.

Topics: Classical Music, Concert, Musical performance, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General, Music lovers, classical music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand, Wellington

Telling the experiences of Turkish and ANZAC soldiers at Gallipoli, this poster exhibition will be held at National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, from 12 February - 24 March 2016.

Topics: Social & Political History, Events, Exhibitions, Gallipoli, Turkey Audience: General, historians Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by:

A talk given by Dr Azer Banu Kemaloglu and Dr Ian McGibbon looks at the recollections of ordinary soldiers from Turkey and the Allies at Gallipoli, held in Wellington on 12 February 2016.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, Gallipoli, History, Turkey Audience: General, historians Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Sonic Wells for Gallipoli is an art project which symbolises the special relationship of mutual respect between New Zealand, Australia and Turkey. Live all day from 23 April to 22 July 2016.

Topics: Art, Gallipoli, Overseas Audience: General, Local residents, Arts appreciators, Students Located in: New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Wellington
Category: Other
Organised by: Allan Giddy

This event is pay tribute to New Zealand and Australian parliamentary staff who enlisted and served in the First World War. Held at Wellington's Cenotaph on 20 January 2016.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Parliament, Australia Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Parliamentary Service

From 11 November - 2 December 2015, over 860 light poles will cover Wellington's Appleton Park, lighting up in the wind, and representing Wellingtonians who lost their lives at Gallipoli.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Memorials, Gallipoli, Fields of Remembrance Audience: General, Arts appreciators, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Chris Bennewith

This new chamber opera brings powerfully to life how Gallipoli was a domestic story as well as a military one. At Shed 6, as part of the New Zealand Festival, 3-6 March 2016.

Topics: Events, Gallipoli, Opera, NZ Festival, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General, Arts appreciators, classical music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: New Zealand Festival

Part of the 2016 NZ Festival, this concert gives a voice to our First World War's “relicts” – the widows and sweethearts who waved their men goodbye and never saw them again.

Topics: Events, Concert, Music, Home front, NZ Festival Audience: General, Arts appreciators Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: New Zealand Festival

Remember some of those who signed up to serve in the First World War, died in the Wellington area, and were buried in the Services Section of Karori Cemetery. Tour on 11 November 2015.

Topics: Cemeteries, Public Talks & Tours, Events, Armistice Audience: historians, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by:

Mothers, Daughters, Wives is a concert that focuses on those who are often left behind at times of war. Performed on 14 November 2015 at the National War Memorial, Wellington.

Topics: Events, Concert, Families, Women in wartime Audience: General, Arts appreciators, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Nota Bene

Taki Rua Productions presents the world premiere of All Our Sons, a ground-breaking First World War play by Witi Ihimaera, at Circa Theatre, Wellington, between 6-14 November 2015.

Topics: Theatre, Plays, Theatrical performances, Maori, Events Audience: General, theatre goers, Descendants, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Taki Rua Productions

On 24 September 2015, the National Library hosts a talk by Dr Mark Sheehan on how young people are seldom encouraged to think critically about what Gallipoli means to them nowadays.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, History, Events, ANZAC, Education Audience: Teachers, General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington hosts a talk on patriotic women travellers during the First World War on 18 September 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Women in wartime, Families, women Audience: General, historians Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

At Wellington's Katherine Mansfield House & Garden, follow the lives of the author and her young brother, a soldier in the First World War. Runs from 6 October 2015 - 29 January 2016.

Topics: Museums, Events, Exhibitions, Writers Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

The Great War Exhibition hosts Belgian historian Charlotte Descamps, who will speak about the 'iron harvests' of First World War debris. Held in Wellington on 30 September 2015.

Topics: Museums, Events, Public Talks & Tours, Belgium Audience: General, historians, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: The Great War Exhibition

Every day at 5pm, a Last Post ceremony is conducted on the forecourt of the National War Memorial in Wellington. Any person can be a part of this daily remembrance, conducted by the NZDF.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Last Post, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Events Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Celebrate the 122nd anniversary of votes for New Zealand women and come along for an informal launch of Jane Tolerton’s new book at Little Peckish Cafe, Wellington, on 19 September 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, Women in wartime, Books, Publications Audience: General, Women Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

This installation of stretcher-like structures is a tribute to those whose lives were touched by the First World War. Hanging at National Library, Wellington, from 20 August - 3 October 2015.

Topics: Contemporary Art, Events, Exhibitions, Art Audience: Arts appreciators Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

How did the First World War redraw the world map? Visiting historian Dr Jörn Leonhard brings a global perspective to Te Papa’s centennial commemorations on 27 August 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, Germany, History Audience: historians, Students, social historians Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Join The Great War Exhibition and New Zealand Cricket Museum in Wellington as they commemorate Hāmi Grace and the centenary of the battle in which he died, Chunuk Bair, on 8 August 2015.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Chunuk Bair, Cricket, Gallipoli Audience: General, historians, Sports People, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: The Great War Exhibition

In this talk on 20 August 2015, three National Library staff members talk about the some of the acquaintances they have made in the course of their research on the First World War.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, Research, public talks Audience: General, historians, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Join the Wellington City Council and the Wellington RSA to pay tribute to the many soldiers that lost their lives on 8 August 1915 with a dawn service at the Cenotaph one hundred years on.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Chunuk Bair, Commemorations, Services Audience: General, Descendants, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A lecture about George von Zedlitz, whose tenure at Victoria University was greatly affected by xenophobia during the First World War. Part of the Capital 150 celebrations, 11 am 25 July 2015.

Topics: Events, Public Talks & Tours, Germany, History Audience: General, historians, academics, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Come to a public history talk in Wellington on 5 August 2015 to hear Dr Steven Loveridge discuss ‘The dynamics of mobilisation and comprehension of New Zealand society at war’.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, History, Events Audience: General, historians Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A talk by Dr Limin Bai about an influential Chinese scholar's re-evaluation of the West after a visit to the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, on 23 July 2015 at the National Library in Wellington.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, History, Education Audience: General, historians, Scholars Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A lunchtime talk on postal censorship in the First World War: the largest state invasion of private life in New Zealand’s history. At the National Library in Wellington on 28 July 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, History, Censorship, Archives, Events Audience: General, historians, Scholars Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Soprano Madeleine Pierard joins The Choir of Wellington Cathedral of St Paul in Wellington to present a concert commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Chunuk Bair on August 8 2015.

Topics: Choir, Vocal Music, Chunuk Bair, Events, choir, Music Audience: classical music lovers, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by:

The national ceremony to mark the centenary of the battle for Chunuk Bair during the 1915 Gallipoli Campaign will take place on 8 August 2015 at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Chunuk Bair, Commemorative events, Gallipoli Audience: General, Descendants, local visitors, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

This year's New Zealand Post Kaumātua Kapa Haka – at Te Papa on 3-5 July 2015 – has a special focus to commemorate the centenary of the landing of the Maori Contingent at Gallipoli.

Topics: Events, Maori, dance, Songs, Kapa haka Audience: General, Descendants, local visitors, iwi, Tourists Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

An illustrated talk by Professor Jean Anderson on a series of French 'patriotic' short books from between 1917-1920. At National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, 9 July 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, France, Publications, war literature Audience: historians, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A new theatre work developed by Long Cloud Youth Theatre and Canberra Youth Theatre looking at the development of the Anzac relationship. On at BATS Theatre, Wellington, 23-31 October 2015.

Topics: Theatre, Theatrical performances, Events, ANZAC, Australia Audience: General, Youth, theatre goers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Courtesy of the Australian High Commission comes a free screening of the film The Water Diviner, at Wellington's Te Papa on 7 June 2015 

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Topics: Film, Australia, Events Audience: Film lovers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Students and teachers from five schools will present projects created as part of the French/NZ Shared Histories programme at Wellington's National Library on 12 June 2015.

Topics: Education, Schools, France, Events Audience: School students, Students, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A free history talk on 'The Dominion’s “Hun Question” - Enemy aliens and the New Zealand experience during the Great War' at Wellington's: ASB House, 3 June 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, History, Education, Events, Germany Audience: historians, General, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Dr. Armoudian presents a talk on the Armenian Genocide and its historiography at the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand, Wellington, on 31 May 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Education, Events Audience: historians, General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Why is the Gallipoli Campaign so dear to New Zealand and Australia? A panel of historians discuss what’s real and what’s myth at Te Papa on 17 May 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Gallipoli, Events, History, Education Audience: General, historians, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Te Papa

Crows Feet Dance Collective brings 'The Armed Man', their unique and acclaimed First World War dance theatre work to Wellington on 16 and 17 May 2015.

Topics: dance, Events, Performing Arts Audience: General, Arts appreciators, secondary drama and dance students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

This exhibition at Wellington's Basin Reserve commemorates the men who were heroes on the cricket pitch before giving away the game to join the First World War. From 25 April - 25 July 2015.

Topics: Exhibitions, Events, Sports, Cricket Audience: General, Sports People, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Discover the diverse stories and perspectives of indigenous and Pacific peoples during the First World War in this panel discussion at Te Papa on 25 June 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, History, Pacific Cultures Audience: General, historians Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Please join us in Wellington on 6 May 2015 to hear Imelda Bargas and Tim Shoebridge talk about their experiences writing the book New Zealand’s First World War Heritage.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, First World War Centenary History Programme, History, Publications Audience: General, historians Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

This free public lecture at the National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, looks at the  abundance of meanings layered upon the First World War throughout history. On 6 May 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, History, Education Audience: historians, General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A talk by Damon Salesa, Associate Professor of Pacific Studies at University of Auckland, on 30 April 2015 at the National Library of New Zealand, Wellington.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, Samoa, History Audience: General, historians Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

The NZAFA presents a commemorative exhibition of three themes of work, at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts exhibition space, Wellington, between 23 April - 31 May 2015.

Topics: Art, Fine Art, Events, Exhibitions, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, Arts appreciators Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Young students of the German language in Wellington are decorating white balloons on the themes of peace & understanding at Frank Kitts Park on 24 April 2015.

Topics: peace, Creative Projects, Events Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Goethe Institut

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision is commemorating the First World War with a range of screenings in April 2015. Between 22-24 April they will be screening the drama 'Chunuk Bair'.

Topics: Film, Events, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, Film lovers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Category: Other

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision is commemorating the First World War with a range of screenings in April 2015. Between 15-18 April they will be screening Gallipoli: The Frontline Experience.

Topics: Events, Film, Documentaries Audience: General, Film lovers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Category: Other

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision is commemorating the First World War with a range of screenings in April 2015. On the week of 22-24 April they will be screening three World War One documentaries.

Topics: Film, Documentaries, Events Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Category: Other

Wellington Citadel Band presents a concert to commemorate the centennial of the Gallipoli landings in the First World War, at Wellington's Salvation Army Citadel, 25 April 2015.

Topics: Classical Music, Events, bands, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Wellington Citadel Band

The National Library of New Zealand have brought together an articulate group of speakers who are passionate about the subject of Māori participation in war. Wellington, 25 April 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, Maori, Anzac Day 2015, symposiums Audience: General, historians, Scholars, Families Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

On 20 April 2015, in the lead up to Anzac Day, Joan McCracken from the National Library will give a presentation about the redevelopment of Auckland Museum’s Online Cenotaph website.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Online Cenotaph, online resources, Events Audience: General, historians, Genealogists Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

This free booklet features a heritage trail visiting 22 places that provide insight into Wellington’s participation in the war and includes a map illustrating WWI parade and procession routes.

Topics: Heritage trails, History, Local history, Heritage sites, publication Audience: General, Local residents, Tourists, Families, historians Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

New Zealand Red Cross is celebrating 100 years of Red Cross activity in New Zealand with a sing-a-long of First World War songs at Wellington's Cathedral of St Paul on 2 May 2015.

Topics: Family Entertainment, Songs, Music, Events Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: New Zealand Red Cross

This walk at Wellington's Botanic Garden on 27 April 2015 looks at plants from some of the countries involved in the World Wars and plants associated with peace and remembrance.

Topics: Tours, Events, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, Gardeners Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Category: Tours or trails
Organised by: Wellington City Council

A Fields of Remembrance installation in the Botanic Gardens featuring 866 white crosses to commemorate the Wellingtonians who lost their lives during the war. Running from 10-28 April 2015.

Topics: Fields of Remembrance, Events, Wellington region, Commemorations, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A light and sound show featuring art and historical imagery projected onto buildings at Pukeahu. The 15-minute loop ran from 7pm to 10pm each night from 18 to 25 April 2015.

Topics: Events, Sound and light show, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, Arts appreciators Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Wellington City Council

Thistle Hall in Wellington is working alongside a dedicated group of artists, performers, historians and activists to bring you the Remember the Peacemakers programme between 20 April - 3 May 2015.

Topics: Social & Political History, Events, resistance, Anzac Day 2015, peace Audience: General, Activists Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Thistle Hall

An Anzac service at Wellington's Roseneath street memorial at 10 am on 25 April 2015, followed by a concert at Roseneath Longhall.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, Anzac Day 2015, Concert, Commemorative events Audience: General, Local residents Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Wellington City Council

The true cost of war, as felt by New Zealand women, will be explored by the Voice Arts Trust at the Museum of Wellington City and Sea on 28 March 2015.

Topics: Theatre, Events, Choir, Vocal Music, Women in wartime Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Voice Arts Trust

This exhibition of four flower photographs at Te Papa commemorates the soldiers of the New Zealand (Maori) Pioneer Battalion who died on European battlefields. 23 March - 31 May.

Topics: Fine Art, Maori, Photography, Events, Exhibitions Audience: General, Arts appreciators Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Te Papa

A commemorative service in Wellington in April 2016 in recognition of the contributions of the Cook Islands soldiers who enlisted in the New Zealand Army during the First World War.

Topics: Anzac Day 2016, Services, Events, Cook Islands, Pacific Islands Audience: General, Pacific cultures Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: CISWWO Committee

Discover our ANZAC heritage in school holiday activities at your local Wellington City Libraries and Community Centres throughout April 2015.

Topics: Children, Kids, Holidays, Events, Libraries Audience: children Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Our suburb's 2015 Anzac Day commemorative service will take place on Brooklyn School grounds, followed by a march down to the Brooklyn Community Centre for light refreshments.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Anzac Day 2015, Services, Events Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by:

For the first two weeks of the exhibition (18 April-1 May), the Great War Exhibition in Wellington is open until 11pm, offering a wider opportunity to be part of the commemoration.

Topics: Museums, Exhibitions, Events, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: The Great War Exhibition

A musical tribute to those who gave so much during the Great War. Performances at Newtown Cultural Community Centre, Wellington, from 15-18 April 2015.

Topics: Theatre, Events, Performing Arts Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A spectacular parade commemorating the centenary of the Gallipoli landings, featuring military personnel and vintage war machinery, will weave its way through Wellington on 24 April 2015.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Parades, Vintage Cars, Events, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Wellington City Council

A week-long programme of events in Wellington – including ceremonies, a street parade and light show – to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. 18-25 April 2015.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Parade, Events, Memorials, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A special church service to commemorate the fallen New Zealand Chaplains to the Forces by those who follow in their footsteps. At Wellington's Cathedral of St Paul on 28 August 2015.

Topics: Commemorative events, Commemorations, Church, Events, Chaplains to the Forces Audience: military, historians, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Rotunda features the beautiful collision of a live brass band with the raw power of contemporary dance, timed to honour the Gallipoli landings in 1915, performed by The New Zealand Dance Company.

Topics: dance, Performing Arts, Events Audience: Teachers, Artists, General, Students Located in: New Zealand, Australia, Auckland, New Zealand, Australia, Christchurch, New Zealand, Australia, Dunedin, New Zealand, Australia, Tauranga, New Zealand, Australia, Wellington

The Great War Exhibition commemorates the very significant part that New Zealand played in the First World War. On now at Wellington's Dominion Museum Building.

Topics: Museums, Exhibitions, History, Education, Events Audience: General, Students, Teachers, local visitors, Tourists Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by:

Come to Wellington's Colonial Cottage Museum between 1pm – 4pm on Sunday 22 February 2015, where you can get your craft on and create a poppy for the 5000 Poppies project.

Topics: Family Entertainment, craft, poppies, Events Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Museums Wellington

Free public talks at Karori Cemetery at 11.00am 2.00pm and 3.30pm on Anzac Day 2015 about soldiers who survived Gallipoli and various Corps with whom Anzacs fought during the war.

Topics: Memorials, Heritage sites, Anzac Day 2015, Gallipoli, Events Audience: General, Descendents, historians Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Speakers from a variety of left groups will create a discourse on the theme of war and peace at the 17 Tory Street Art Space, Wellington, on 25 February 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, peace, politics Audience: Activists, Students, General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: The Freedom Shop

The Wellington Film Society screens one of the boldest statements ever made against the futility of war, 'All Quiet on the Western Front', at the Paramount Theatre, 20 April 2015.

Topics: Film, Pacifism, Western Front, Events Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Category: Other
Organised by: Wellington Film Society

Drawing on his personal connections to Gallipoli, Stanley Palmer presents an exhibition of paintings and monoprints at Wellington's Solander Gallery from 22 April - 16 May 2015.

Topics: Contemporary Art, Anzac Day 2015, Exhibitions, Art Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Solander Gallery

Three exhibitions at the National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, which present a personal picture of what it is like to be involved in conflict. Running from 30 January - 3 October 2015.

Topics: Social & Political History, Exhibitions, Events, Personal experiences Audience: General, historians, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A Women’s Studies Association (NZ) event for women to consider war and peace, the First World War commemorations and our place in history. Held at St John's in the City, 28 March 2015.

Topics: Women in wartime, Events, Seminar Audience: Women, historians Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

This match at Wellington's Westpac Stadium will be the first of four AFL games held across Australasia on Anzac Day 2015.

Topics: Sports, Sport, Events, Australian Football, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: Sports People, General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by:

Soldier's Songs is Wellington Repertory Theatre's 2015 Anzac production, playing in three locations around Anzac Day 2015.

Topics: Performing Arts, Events, Musical performances, Plays, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: theatre goers, Music lovers, General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Rose Hudson

Travel with Steam Incorporated on this special Anzac excursion one way from Wellington to Paekakariki on Anzac Day 2016.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Anzac Day 2016 Audience: General, Families Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North, New Zealand, Wellington
Category: Tours or trails
Organised by:

A concert at Wellington's St Andrews on the Terrace on 12 Jan 2015 featuring works commemorating the centenary of the First World War.

Topics: Variety Concerts, Classical Music, Music, Performing Arts, Events Audience: Music lovers, classical music lovers, Youth, General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: NZ Youth Symphonic Winds

A display organised by the Wellington Southern Bays Historical Society and four local primary schools. The display will be held in the Island Bay Community Centre from 28 April to 2 May 2015.

Topics: Memorials, displays, Events, Schools Audience: General, children, School children, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A play that transports audiences aged 8-14 back to the First World War. Playing in Wellington on 20 and 21 March 2015 as part of the Capital E National Arts Festival.

Topics: Theatre, Education, Events, Performing Arts Audience: School students, Students, Teachers, Families, Schools Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Capital E

Come to a vigil at Wellington's Cathedral of St Paul on Friday 24 April 2015 to remember those who have died in war, and give thanks for those who served.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Church, Ceremonies, Religion, Events Audience: General, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Cathedral of St Paul

Exploring the impact of the First World War on the lives on children, and the expectations placed on them by the adult world. At Wellington's Turnbull Gallery 24 Nov 2014 - 27 Feb 2015.

Topics: Exhibitions, Events, Children, Kids, Holidays, Libraries, Ephemera Audience: School children, School students, Teachers, historians, General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

'Christmas Truce: Football Remembers' is a 5-a-side Futsal tournament, for 12 to 13 year olds, held on 10 December at the ASB Sports Centre in Kilbirnie, Wellington. 

Topics: British High Commision, Allies, Football, Sport, Events Audience: Teachers, Parents, children, Sports People, General Public Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: British High Commission

A lecture by German military historian Prof. Dr Epkenhans about the First World War and the Pacific as viewed from a German perspective, on Monday 1 December at Te Papa.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Military, History Audience: historians Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

This display at Archives New Zealand is based on the original medals of two Wellingtonians, Edward White and Evelyn Brooke. Running from 4 - 28 November.

Topics: Social & Political History, Exhibitions, Events, Medals, Archives Audience: General, military, historians Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Archives New Zealand

Join your national orchestra for a moving tribute concert in honour of the Anzacs. The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra perform at Wellington's Michael Fowler Centre on 22 April 2015.

Topics: Classical Music, Musical performances, Performing Arts, Orchestral music, Events Audience: classical music lovers, Music lovers, General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

On 16 October 2014 the first Ngā Tapuwae New Zealand First World War Trails sign will be unveiled on the Wellington waterfront.

Ngā Tapuwae logo
Topics: Departure of troops, Ceremonies, Commemorations, Events, Heritage trails Audience: General, historians, local visitors, Tourists Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: WW100 Programme Office

The Heritage Story Map combines satellite photography of contemporary Wellington with images and stories from the First World War. View it on mobile or your browser.

1915 map of Wellington city over contemporary map
Topics: Heritage trails, History, Local history, Personal stories, online resources Audience: General, historians, history teachers, local visitors, Tourists Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Wellington City Council

Women of Empire 1914-1918 takes us into the lives of around 30 Anzac women whose lives were transformed by their experiences in the First World War. Exhibiting in Australia & New Zealand.

Women of Empire
Topics: Events, Exhibitions, Women in wartime, Overseas Audience: Families, General, historians Located in: New Zealand, Australia, Auckland, New Zealand, Australia, Nelson, New Zealand, Australia, Porirua, New Zealand, Australia, Thames, New Zealand, Australia, Wellington

Join knowledgeable guides on a commemorative walk of significant events relevant to Wellington’s war history. 16-18 October 2014.

Topics: Public talks and tours, Events, October 14, Departure of troops Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Category: Tours or trails
Organised by: Wellington City Council

On 15 October, Wellingtonians are invited to enjoy the opportunity to look over Te Kaha during her port visit before she marks the official commemoration of the departure of the Main Body.

Topics: Events, October 14, Departure of troops, Public talks and tours Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Category: Tours or trails
Organised by: Royal New Zealand Navy

On Saturday 27 September 2014, there is a wreath laying ceremony and public walk-through of the new 'Arras Tunnel'. National War Memorial, Buckle Street, Wellington.

Topics: Facilities, Events, New Zealand Tunnelling Company Audience: local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

The Office of the Clerk is incorporating First World War centenary commemorative aspects into the State Opening of the 51st Parliament on 21 October 2014.

State opening of Parliament (gg.govt.nz)
Topics: October 14, Ceremonies Audience: historians Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Author Philippa Werry talks about Anzac Day and her recent visit to Gallipoli. Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Library, Wellington. 2 October 2014. 

Topics: Public talks and tours, Events, ANZAC, Gallipoli Audience: local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

The National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) is producing a 2015 diary acknowledging the First World War that has a particular focus on its impact on women.

Topics: Women in wartime, Publications Audience: Women, historians, secondary students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A programme of four masterful European films set against the events of the First World War.  Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, 1-4 October 2014. Free.

Topics: Film, Digital, Events Audience: local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

An education expo profiling First World War resources and learning programmes on offer for WW100. For primary and secondary teachers. Te Papa, 6 September 2014.

Topics: Education, Public talks and tours, Events Audience: Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

An exhibition reflecting on the unimaginable physical destruction caused by the First World War. Opens 15 August 2014, Te Papa.

Soldier (Allan McMillan) with amputated arm, Oatlands Park, Surrey, England, 1918. Photographer unknown. Te Papa (O.031469)
Topics: Exhibitions, Events, August 14, Medical care, Photography Audience: General, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

The New Zealand Book Council, with support from Victoria University of Wellington, will explore the legacy of First World War literature. Tuesdays, 26 August 2014-9 September 2014.

Topics: Books, Public talks and tours, Events Audience: Students, Teachers, General Located in: Wellington

Music and poetry inspired by the First World War. Premiere of a song cycle by Ross Harris and Poet Laureate Vincent O'Sullivan. 28 August 2014, Old St Pauls, Wellington.

Topics: Classical Music, Events, August 14, Music Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

First World War inquiry guides and resource packs for teachers of years 1-13, made available on the Ministry of Education’s portal for educators, tki.org.nz.

Topics: Education, Publications Audience: Teachers, Schools, librarians, principals, history teachers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Ministry of Education

To raise awareness of the Battle of Passchendaele, the Minister of Veterans’ Affairs is sponsoring a yearly competition for Year 13 students. Entries for 2014 close on 23 September.

Passchendaele scene. Alexander Turnbull Library, REf: 1/2-C-003343-F.
Topics: Competitions, youth, Education Audience: Students, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Professor Hew Strachan discusses different ways of marking the centenary of the First World War. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 25 August 2014, 6 pm. Free.

Topics: Events, August 14, Public talks and tours Audience: General, Researchers, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

100 schools will research the stories behind the people named on First World War memorials at or near their school and publish them online as Living Heritage sites.

Topics: Education, Community contribution, Digital, Online Cenotaph Audience: Teachers, librarians, Students, Community Groups Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

An illustrated history of New Zealand’s war experience, by Kirstie Ross and Kate Hunter. Published by Te Papa Press, August 2014.

Topics: History, Publications, Photography, Books, August 14 Audience: Teachers, School students, General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

The Walking With An Anzac Tumblr supports New Zealand students and their teachers to tell the stories of First World War Soldiers from their local community.

Topics: Education, Online Cenotaph Audience: Schools, Teachers, School students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: WW100 Programme Office

New Zealand Post honours those who served in the First World War with a five year programme of commemorative stamps and coins. The first stamp issue tells the story of serviceman Melville Mirfin.

Topics: Memorabilia, August 14, Samoa Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

The main ceremony will be held in Parliament Grounds with a 100-Gun Salute being fired on Wellington’s waterfront outside Te Papa. 4 August 2014, 9 to 9.30 am.

Politicians and a crowd, outside Parliament Buildings, upon the declaration of war with Germany, August 1914. Smith, Sydney Charles, 1888-1972: Photographs of New Zealand. Ref: 1/2-048457-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natl
Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

On 29 July 2014, the New Zealand Parliament debated a motion introduced by Prime Minister, Rt Hon John Key, on the centenary of New Zealand entering the First World War. Videos are available.

Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key introducing the motion
Topics: August 14 Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Category: Other
Organised by: WW100 Programme Office

Researching their pharmacy and military experiences, the circumstances of their death and where they are commemorated.  The Pharmaceutical Society will record a tribute to these men.

Names of NZ pharmacists killed in WW1
Topics: Research, Medical care, Publications, Online Cenotaph Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

The Experience of a Lifetime: People, Personalities and Leaders in the First World War is the major international conference hosted by the Centenary History partners. Wellington, 22-24 August 2014.

Topics: Conferences, public talks, symposiums, Events Audience: Students, Researchers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Join Dr Gavin McLean on a walkaround of the 'Facing the Front' exhibition. New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Wellington, 23 July 2014.

Topics: Public talks and tours, Exhibitions, Art, Events Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A web-based project, commissioned by New Zealand Post, highlighting the vital role played by New Zealand’s postal system – the Internet of its time – during the First World War.

Members of the World War I Post & Telegraph Guard
Topics: Publications, Community contribution, Digital, History Audience: General, Organisational staff Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Jane Tolerton's book Ettie Rout: New Zealand’s safer sex pioneer details the achievements of a woman who pioneered safer sex initiatives for New Zealand troops in the First World War.

Topics: Books, Publications, Lottery Grant Recipients, Women in wartime Audience: General, historians, Historians of health and medicine Located in: Wellington

Commemorating the First World War centenary with an emotive 8-screen video installation by French filmmaker Chris Marker, Owls at Noon Prelude: The Hollow Men (2005). 21 June-7 September 2014.

Chris Marker, Owls at Noon Prelude The Hollow Men (2005), two-channel, eight screen DVD installation. Courtesy Peter Blum Gallery, New York.
Topics: Events, Fine Art, Exhibitions, Film Audience: Teachers, Students, Tourists, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: City Gallery Wellington

A free, site-specific multi-media project designed to remember Wellington city and her people during the First World War. From 11-18 October 2014.

Frederick Smith. Image courtesy of Berry & Co Photographers, 1917. Te Papa Collection
Topics: Events, Exhibitions, October 14, Heritage trails, Conscientious objection Audience: Teachers, Students, historians, veterans, Families Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Wellington City Council

Reinstating the Cenotaph as the focal point of the ceremonial space along Lambton Quay, Bowen Street and Parliamentary Grounds in Wellington.

Cenotaph memorial in 1932, Lambton Quay and Bowen Street. Image: Crown Studios Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library.
Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Monuments, Cenotaphs, Facilities Audience: General, local visitors Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Wellington City Council

A book of portraits offering an extraordinary, evocative snapshot of New Zealanders facing the First World War.

Topics: Photography, Books, History, August 14 Audience: Students, Teachers, historians, General, Family history researchers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Researching the lives of 100 men listed on five Wellington war memorials as "killed" during the First World War, on behalf of the Wellington Branch, New Zealand Society of Genealogists.

Aro valley war memorial
Topics: Memorials, Online Cenotaph, Research Audience: General, historians, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Erecting a bronze figure of the Risen Christ in the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Hill St, Wellington. 14 July 2014, 3pm.

Army chaplains, 1916. Photo courtesy of Society of Mary Archives.
Topics: Events, Religion, Sculpture, Monuments Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

The Kilbirnie branch of the Genealogy Society is hosting the 2014 NZSG conference in Wellington, including three First World War presentations. 30 May 2014 - 2 June 2014.

Topics: Events Audience: General, Family history researchers, historians Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Exhibition 'Facing the Front' New Zealand's Enduring First World War, 12 June – 24 August 2014. Curated by Gavin McLean.

 

Topics: Events, Exhibitions, Fine Art, Conscientious objection Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A Rotary community project to enable young people to explore and share local knowledge about the First World War.

Messines Road sign
Topics: Education, Competitions, Passchendaele, Community contribution Audience: Teachers, School students, Youth, Students, Schools Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Creating a database in the form of an MS Excel spreadsheet of about 2000 entries (numerous with similar but not identical information). Most are newly identified writers of the documents.

Topics: Personal projects, Research, Digital, Online Cenotaph Audience: Researchers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Robert Cameron

Music for the 2014 season, influenced by acts of human violence throughout history; each a moving tribute to our humanity. Features Górecki’s sorrowful 3rd symphony. 2-3 May 2014.

Topics: Anzac Day 2014, Music, Events, Performing Arts, Classical Music Audience: Teachers, secondary students, Tertiary students, General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand, Wellington

The great adventure: music and moving image from the front, at The Film Archive, Friday 7 March 2014, 1.15 pm.

The New Zealand Field Artillery in France (1918)
Topics: Events, Film, Chris Pugsley Audience: General Located in: Wellington

2014 Writers Week presents two experts on 'the war to end all wars': Margaret MacMillan (8 March 2014) and Christopher Pugsley (12 March 2014).

Topics: Events, History, Lottery Grant Recipients, Public talks and tours Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A beautiful book and online publication to record the stories of the 32 Audit Department staff who served during the First World War. Launched August 2014.

Topics: Books, Personal stories, Community contribution, Publications Audience: Organisational staff, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Te Papa is combining the worlds of movies, model-making and museums to take visitors on a journey back to Gallipoli. This exhibition, developed in partnership with Weta Workshop, opens 18 April 2015.

Topics: Events, Lottery Grant Recipients, Gallipoli, Exhibitions Audience: General, School students, local visitors, Tourists Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Historical research and publication on the Eastbourne RSA and the district’s links with the First World War.

ANZAC memorial pohutukawa plaque, Eastbourne (Photo: Dr Stephen Clarke)
Topics: RSA, Lottery Grant Recipients, Publications, Research Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

In this 6-week course you will learn about the causes, course and consequences of the conflict and examine major aspects of the world that entered and fought the First World War.

Topics: Events, Education, History Audience: Families, secondary students, veterans, historians, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Uncovering the stories in an album of 300 postcards collected by Elsie just before and during the First World War. There are postcards from family, soldiers and pen-pals.

Topics: Personal stories, Digital, Research, History Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by:

The repatriation of film showing Kiwis at the European and home fronts held in overseas archives and the building of a shared Anzac website to showcase sounds and images of the War.

Topics: Digital, Lottery Grant Recipients, Film, Sound, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Helping to date New Zealand items of militaria and period photos from the First World War.

Topics: Services, Photography Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Category: Other
Organised by: Barry O'Sullivan

New work being premiered in the New Zealand Festival on 28 February 2014, composed by Ross Harris, poetry by Vincent O'Sullivan and Taonga Puoro by Horomona Horo.

Topics: Music, Events, Maori, Classical Music, Performing Arts Audience: Families, secondary students, veterans, historians Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

An exhibition of 60 watercolours, prints and sketches by NZ servicemen and official war artists with 250 contemporary watercolours by members of Watercolour New Zealand. Opens 18 April 2015.

NZEF on board Balmoral Castle May 1918. Artist Sydney Higgs.
Topics: Anzac Day 2015, Events, Exhibitions, Lottery Grant Recipients, Fine Art Audience: Families, local visitors, Artists, historians, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Recording a list of First World War service personnel & reserves that listed their occupation as working for the Post Office.

Topics: History, Research Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Category: Other
Organised by: Andrew McNiven

An online Research Guide that helps unlock the rich First World War content in the Alexander Turnbull Library - especially digital resources.

Topics: Research, Digital, Guides Audience: Students, Teachers, Researchers, Family history researchers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A blog for reviews of books on war written for children: stories that we need to remember, and should never forget.  

Topics: Websites, Publications, Education, Books Audience: Families, Teachers, Primary students, secondary students, General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Philippa Werry

Maps locating cemeteries which include graves or memorials for members of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force who died during the First World War.

Topics: Digital, War Graves, Publications, Beersheba Audience: Researchers, Tourists, Students, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

An MA History thesis looking at the identification and quantification of the NZers employed in the mercantile marine, historiographical analysis and a microhistory of SS Aparima.

Topics: Research, resources, History Audience: historians Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Massey University

This project is dedicated to re-examining the 'slanguage' given voice in the First World War, e.g. in troop magazines, as brought home to New Zealand and carried forward 100 years later.

Topics: Research, Digital Audience: General, historians, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Stephen Olsen

Digitising a wide selection of First World War letters and diaries held in the Manuscripts Collection of the Alexander Turnbull Library.

Topics: Personal stories, diaries, letters, Digital, Online Cenotaph Audience: Researchers, Tertiary students, secondary students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

On 28-30 November 2013 a multidisciplinary conference will be held on rethinking war, particularly New Zealand’s connections with and contribution to ‘the Great War’.

Topics: Education, Events Audience: Researchers, Tertiary students, historians Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

An evolving collection offering onscreen remembrance of New Zealand and the 'Great War': classic full-length documentaries, short films, dramas and archive newsreels.

Topics: Websites, History, Film, Digital, Documentaries Audience: General, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: NZ On Screen

The Gibson Group, with funding from New Zealand on Air, has produced a First World War documentary series to mark the centenary of the war in 2014. On Prime, June-July 2014.

Topics: Documentaries, Film, History Audience: General, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Collecting personal stories from the First World War for use in a student design project.

Topics: Exhibitions, Personal stories, Design, Education Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Michelle Oakey

A personal quest to show 100 postcards portraying New Zealand and her people during the First World War.

Topics: Personal projects, ANZAC, History, Photography, August 14 Audience: General, Families, Researchers, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Glenn Reddiex

History from the perspective of New Zealanders who experienced it. Daily tweets from diaries, letters, newspapers... shared 100 years later in 'real-time'. Join in!

Topics: History, Publications, Digital, Personal stories, Websites Audience: Students, Teachers, General, Families Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: WW100 Programme Office

Short films telling personal stories about New Zealanders affected by Gallipoli and the First World War.

Topics: August 14, Film, Digital, History, Conscientious objection Audience: Students, Teachers, General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

An organisational history of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force covering its formation, initial structure, development and changes.

Detail from NZEF certificate of disharge and certificate of character.
Topics: Books, History, First World War Centenary History Programme, Publications Audience: General, historians, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A book revealing the New Zealand soldier’s experience of the First World War, from general to private. Written by Professor Glyn Harper and launched in August 2015.

Topics: Books, History, First World War Centenary History Programme, Publications Audience: General, historians Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Massey University

New Zealand’s most comprehensive online resource on New Zealand and the First World War. Redesigned in August 2014.

Topics: Websites, History, Digital, August 14 Audience: General, Teachers, Students Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Part of the First World War centenary history programme, this printed overview of New Zealanders’ experiences on the Western Front was published in September 2016.

Topics: Books, History, First World War Centenary History Programme, Western Front, Publications Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Introducing the first detailed history of New Zealand’s hospital ships.

A tinted postcard of the hospital ship Maheno. Courtesy of Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand (Ref: Eph-B-POSTCARD-vol-4-041)
Topics: Books, History, First World War Centenary History Programme, Medical care, Publications Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

The first of its kind for New Zealand – New Zealand and the First World War by Damien Fenton – dynamically illustrates 50 key episodes of our wartime life. Launched November 2013.

Ion Brown, The battle of Chunuk Bair, 8 August 1915, oil on canvas
Topics: Books, History, First World War Centenary History Programme, Publications Audience: General, Students, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

A broad-ranging book combining history and heritage to tell the story of New Zealand’s home front experiences.

Detail from the book's cover, showing fortifications at Auckland's North Head
Topics: Books, Publications, History, First World War Centenary History Programme Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

Te Papa is seeking to identify 108 First World War soldiers in portraits by Wellington photographers Berry & Co. Exhibition opens 18 April 2014.

Portrait of a soldier (perhaps Bolton) and female companion, taken in around 1917 by Berry & Co. Image source: Te Papa.
Topics: NZEF, Photography, Events, Online Cenotaph, Digital Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

The Government created Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington to acknowledge the centenary of the First World War. Opened 18 April 2015.

Topics: Memorials, Anzac Day 2015, Legacy projects Audience: General, local visitors, Tourists, Families Located in: New Zealand, Wellington