NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

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In Good-Bye Maoriland, author Chris Bourkes illustrates the centrality of music to New Zealand’s experience of the First World War. Published by Potton & Burton in October 2017.

Topics: Publications, Music, Books, History Audience: historians, General
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Fearless tells the fascinating story of New Zealand’s military aviation pioneers during the First World War. Part of the official centenary print history series, and published in October 2017.

Topics: Publications, air war, aviation, Books Audience: General, historians
Organised by: Massey University Press

This new publication by Professor Kay Morris Matthews  and co-published by Tairawhiti Museum and EIT is about making visible the work that NZ women undertook overseas during the First World War.

Topics: Publications, Women in wartime, East Coast, History, Books Located in: New Zealand, Gisborne
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The history of the Pacific Islanders who served in the New Zealand Army in the First World War. Written by Howard Weddell, and published in 2016.

Topics: History, Pacific Cultures, Publications, Books Audience: historians, Descendants, Pacific cultures
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This book, based on over 30 years of research by leading historian Jock Phillips, tells the fascinating story of who erected New Zealand's war memorials and why. Published April 2016.

Topics: Publications, Books, war memorial, Memorials, memory Audience: historians, General
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Come and celebrate the book launch of Balls, Bullets and Boots, and hear from former CDF Sir Bruce Ferguson, this Armistice Day at Palmerston North's Convention Centre, 11 November 2016.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, rugby, Books, Publications Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North
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A story of the life and death of Roy Haycock, who was wounded during the battle of Flers-Courcellete in September 1916, and killed at Passchendaele 12 October 1917.

Topics: Publications, Family History, Books
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A book detailing the joint project between New Zealand, Australia and Turkey that has produced the first comprehensive archaeological and historical survey of the Anzac battlefield at Gallipoli.

Topics: Publications, Gallipoli, Books, History, Research Audience: historians

Publication of The Anzac Experience: New Zealand, Australia and Empire in the First World War, by Christopher Pugsley.

Topics: Books, Publications, History Audience: General, historians
Organised by: Oratia Books

Published for the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, a major First World War history told for the first time from the British and German perspectives.

Topics: History, Military, Somme, Books Audience: Teachers, Students, military, historians
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A collection of pieces focusing on the people, personalities and leaders in the First World War. Published by Massey University Press in April 2016.

Topics: Publications, Books, History Audience: historians
Organised by: Massey University Press

This new book commemorates the day when fighting stopped in 1918 and looks at what happened next. Partnered with best-selling Anzac Day, it makes an excellent reference for the whole family.

Topics: Publications, Education, Books, peace, Peace celebrations Audience: Families, Teachers, Primary students, secondary students, General
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Jennifer Haworth presents a well illustrated exploration of the work of New Zealand's Official War Artists and also of its citizen soldiers. Published in April 2016.

Topics: Books, Publications, war art Audience: General, historians
Organised by: Wily Publications

This book, written by leading NZ and international historians, looks at the impact of the First World War. The launch will be held at Palmerston North Central Library on 11 April 2016.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, Publications, Books Audience: General, historians Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North

An edited letter collection based on those written between Trish Macky's great grandparents, culminating in the Lusitania disaster of May 1915.

Topics: Books, Lusitania, letters, social history Audience: Teachers, historians, WWI enthusiasts, book clubs Located in: New Zealand, Hamilton
Organised by: Patricia (Trish) Macky

This book, launched in October 2015 by Lt Col Lee Turner with the foreword signed by HRH Princess Anne, records the 100 year history of the Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps.

Topics: Mlitary nursing, Books, Publications, nurses, Nursing history Audience: Nurses, historians, family historians
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The Penguin Book of New Zealand War Writing presents a rich interplay of writing about our country’s military engagements, including the First World War. Launched in October 2015.

Topics: Publications, Books, war literature Audience: historians, General, Writers

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

Author Phil Beattie will talk about the Onward Project and how he has obtained photographs and information about First World War soldiers. At the West Auckland Research Center, 8 September 2015.

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, History, Books, Community contribution, Events Audience: historians, Teachers, Students, Genealogists, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

Michelle O'Connell is launching her children's picture book, Leaving for The Front, at Masterton District Library on 18 April 2015.

Topics: Literary, Books, children's books, Events Audience: children, Families Located in: New Zealand, Masterton
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Chris Pugley's history of the Maori and Pacific Island role in the First World War makes a welcome return to shelves after being republished in April 2015.

Topics: Books, Publications, Maori, History Audience: General, historians

Fully revised and with many new photos, Chris Pugsley's classic account of the Gallipoli Campaign was published in new NZ and UK editions.

Topics: Books, Publications, Gallipoli, History Audience: General, historians
Organised by: Frontline Books

Launch of the book 'Tales of Three Campaigns', originally written after the First World War by Col. Cyprian Bridge Brereton. The launch will take place at Nelson College on 8 April 2015.

Topics: Social & Political History, Publications, Events, Books Audience: historians, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: Nelson Provincial Museum

"Roly the Anzac Donkey" tells the story of the courageous partnership between a NZ soldier and his hardworking donkey. Come along to the Ashhurst Village Valley Centre on 27 March 2015.

Topics: Publications, Books, children's books, Events Audience: Families, children Located in: New Zealand, Ashhurst
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A new poetry anthology from Kāpiti Coast District Libraries’ second annual poetry contest – If You’re a Poet We Want to Know It.

Topics: poetry, Books, Competitions Located in: New Zealand, Kapiti Coast

A book that shares the stories of the soldiers from the Thames region who went off to the First World War. Launched in 2014.

Topics: Books, Publications, Local history, Soldiers Audience: historians, family historians, Genealogists Located in: New Zealand, Thames

Join Kirstie Ross at Canterbury Museum on 17 October as she talks about the importance of everyday things in maintaining identity during the First World War.

The Soldier's Own Diary, Charles Letts & Co., 1914
Topics: Public talks and tours, Books, Publications, October 14, Events Audience: General, historians Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch
Organised by: Canterbury Museum

A well written and beautifully researched edited collection examining the theme of endurance and the First World War in New Zealand and Australia.

Detail from book cover for Endurance and the First World War
Topics: History, Books, Publications Audience: General, Students, Teachers Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch

Readings from the Anzac book, a trench publication produced during the First World War and released in 1916. Highwic, Auckland, 28 September 2014 and 12 October 2014.

Topics: Literary, Books, Events, Public talks and tours, October 14 Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Highwic, Heritage New Zealand

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

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

Publication of a book about animals and birds in service during the First World War.

Topics: Books, Publications, Animals, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Waiouru

Historical book on the Taumaru Military Convalescent Hospital to be published online.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Books, Digital, Publications Located in: New Zealand, Lower Hutt
Organised by: Hutt City Libraries

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

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

Highlights the contributions made by over 50 nurses from the East Coast/Hawke's Bay region who served overseas during the First World War in Egypt, France, England and Serbia.

Nursing sisters look out from the windows of a New Zealand Stationary Hospital hut in Wisques, France. Archives New Zealand ((Ref: ACGO 8398, IA76/13, H905, R22250303)
Topics: Publications, Research, Books, History, Medical care Audience: Nurses, General, Students, historians Located in: New Zealand, Gisborne, New Zealand, Napier

First World War memorial monuments, obelisks, statues, Honours boards, plaques, gates of the Manawatu have been searched out, restored and recorded; ready for community ANZAC Day commemorations.

Feilding War Memorial
Topics: Memorials, Monuments, Heritage sites, Books, Anzac Day 2014 Audience: Community Groups Located in: Feilding, Palmerston North

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

Researching and writing a historical publication on the Horowhenua district's First World War dead.

Levin war memorial
Topics: History, Lottery Grant Recipients, Online Cenotaph, Publications, Books Audience: General Located in: Levin

The Last Maopo, a book to be officially launched on Anzac Day 2014, provides insight into the Māori experience of the First World War by retelling the life of Ngāi Tahu soldier Wiremu Maopo.

Members of the Pioneer Battalion performing a haka (H679)
Topics: Books, Maori, Lottery Grant Recipients, Anzac Day 2014, Publications Audience: Descendants, General, historians, iwi, whanau Located in: New Zealand, Hamilton
Organised by: The Tui Trust Board

Christchurch author Billy Barnz is researching and writing an historical publication on the foundation and history of the Dunedin Montecillo War Veterans Home and Hospital.

Topics: Books, Publications, Medical care, History, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch
Organised by: The Montecillo Trust

We Will Remember Them is a series of commemorative books recording the final resting place of all known New Zealand First World War casualties.

Topics: Books, Photographs, Publications Audience: General, historians, Family history researchers
Organised by: Grant Tobin

Publication of a local history book recording stories of soldiers listed on the new Te Puke First World War memorial. The book will be launched on Anzac Day 2014.

Topics: Memorials, Books, History, Anzac Day 2014, Publications Audience: General, local visitors, Descendants Located in: New Zealand, Maketu, New Zealand, Ngawaro, New Zealand, Otamarakau, New Zealand, Paengaroa, New Zealand, Papamoa, New Zealand, Pongakawa, New Zealand, Te Puke

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

A children's book by Philippa Werry helping young New Zealanders fully understand contemporary commemorations of war.

Anzac poppy
Topics: Anzac Day, Publications, Books, children's books Audience: children

The Onward Project aims to publish a photograph of every member of the NZEF who served overseas during the First World War, as a memorial to their service.

Topics: Books, NZEF, Photography, Publications, Community contribution Audience: Students, General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Fair Dinkum Publications

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

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