Activities & Projects
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.
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.
A workshop for those interested in researching First World War soldiers at Lower Hutt War Memorial Library, on 11 April 2017.
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.
St Peter's College and College Jacques Monod, France, will commemorate the beginning of the Western Front war with readings from letters, poetry, and singing. 1 July 2016, 11 am-12 pm.
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.
Learn how to search for and download New Zealand's First World War soldier records from Archives NZ at Papakura's Sir Edmund Hillary Library on 22 April 2016.
Discover how to access and interpret First World War records at these hands-on workshops at various Lower Hutt libraries between 19-29 April 2016.
In March 2016, Peter Kennedy presents a lecture series on New Zealand’s involvement on the Western Front in Mosgiel, Gore, Christchurch and Auckland.
Four murals of the "Fields of Remembrance" banners have been externally mounted on a wall at the Ngaruawahia RSA to honour the men and women of Ngaurawahia who served in the First World War
A self-drive guide available in Christchurch on 24 October 2015 locates memorials commemorating the nurses who drowned on the Marquette in 1915.
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.
An interactive and multi-sensory exhibition commemorating the First World War. The exhibit will be mobile with capacity to be transported throughout the Western Bay of Plenty sub region.
Join the Garden Place Library in Hamilton for a series of talks on various aspects of the Home Front in the Waikato during the First World War, between 6 August and 10 September 2015.
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.
Join an Auckland Museum Human History Educator as they shares stories of the soldier experience at Gallipoli, as told through some amazing Museum collection objects. Through July 2015.
Gary Oakley, Indigenous Liaison Officer at the Australian War Memorial Museum, shares Australian Aboriginal stories from the First World War at Gisborne's Tairawhiti Museum, 24 June 2015.
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.
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.
Dr. Armoudian presents a talk on the Armenian Genocide and its historiography at the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand, Wellington, on 31 May 2015.
Graeme Wilson will review where New Zealand forces served in both World Wars and will show you how to access and interpret military records. At Waitakere Central Library, 9 June 2015.
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.
Come and listen to this informative and interesting presentation by Lieutenant Colonel Cliff Simons, PhD, at the Palmerston North Central Library on 25 June 2015.
Family History Librarian Seonaid Lewis looks at the different types of First World War documents available for family research. At West Auckland Research Center, 12 May 2015.
Well known author Dr George Davis will talk on the origins and observance of Anzac Day. At Dunedin's Hocken Library, 13 May 2015.
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.
Part three in a three-part public lecture series commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War. This lecture on Shakespeare in war is at Te Awamutu RSA on 16 May 2015.
Part two in a three-part public lecture series commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War. This lecture on the liberation of Le Quesnoy is at Te Awamutu RSA on 9 May 2015.
Part one in a three-part public lecture series commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War. This lecture on poetry, protest, and war is at Te Awamutu RSA on 2 May 2015.
In honour of Anzac Day, Explorers' GamesMaster Wayne McDougall will present on games, strategy and their relationship to war in history. At Mt Albert Presbyterian Church, 25 April 2015.
Discover how to access and interpret First World War personnel records at these hands-on workshops at various Hutt City libraries in April and May 2015.
The pages on this website reveal the story of Pukeahu National War Memorial Park as told during four virtual field trips facilitated for schools by Learnz. Teaching resources remain online.
Visit the Nelson libraries between 20 April - 31 May 2015 for a range of First World War commemorative displays, talks & events.
Bring the kids along to hear stories and poems about Anzac Day and why we use poppies to remember the fallen soldiers. Palmerston North Central Library, 17 April 2015.
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.
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.
Themes, to: remember all the casualties of war and war resisters; end war as a response to conflict, and promote peace. Stage 1: local peace vigils Stage 2: thematic resources and events
A conference at Auckland's St Columba Centre on Saturday 8 November to look at how and why we remember the First World War.
A 2015 Diploma of Goldsmithing & Jewellery student project to design and make a medal with both face and obverse face commemorating New Zealand’s First World War Centenary.
This annual competition is organised by the Taupo Sculpture Trust. This year's design theme is the First World War. Finalists on display at Taupo Museum, 13-23 September 2014.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lincoln University is undertaking various WW100 projects on an on-going basis through the centenary period, starting with a photograph unveiling ceremony on Monday 4 August 2014.
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.
Restoring the 1921 Webb Memorial Trophy for use by Plimmerton School in future education around Anzac.
Production of the play 'Oh What a Lovely War', and creation of crosses for Timaru Boys' High School old boys who served during the First World War. 27-29 May 2014.
Arahoe School unveiled their First World War commemorative artwork at a dawn ceremony on Monday 28th July 2014.
Exhibition of First World War memorabilia, and a biography project for schools to research an ancestor or someone from the district who served in the First World War.
A museum and research centre commemorating Rannerdale and Canterbury's First World War stories, archives, and research facilities.
Five Auckland schools work with the Navy Museum to create artworks exploring the New Zealand home front during the First World War.
While observing a variety of animals, students on this learning programme at Orana Wildlife Park will discuss symbolism and the effectiveness of animal imagery in First World War propaganda posters.
A collaborative project between Auckland Libraries and Communication students at Unitec, drawing on personal narratives and contemporary responses to bring to life events of this period.
Salute Wairoa creates a digital, multi-media, touch table record of First World War Wairoa stories, including rediscovered memories.
Challenge to recreate a poster that uses historical images, maps and new photographs taken at museums and other special sites remembering those who gave their lives in the First World War.
Creating an education pack about the First World War for students years 7-10, focusing on the Canterbury region and Christchurch City Libraries resources.
On Anzac Day 2014 a guard of New Zealand Cadet Force members will be posted for a continuous 24 hours on the memorial gate at Otago Boys High School in Dunedin.
The 13th Annual Symposium of the Costume & Textile Association of New Zealand will be held at Auckland War Memorial Museum, 30-31 May 2014. The theme is 'Home Front'.
An opportunity for journalism students to take part in an intercultural learning programme around First World War historical sites. August 2014, Belgium and France.
Capital E National Theatre for Children's An Awfully Big Adventure explores the First World War in context and its impact on New Zealanders. Accessible to students aged 8+, touring in 2014.
A research project for Ongaonga School pupils to put detail around the 25 names listed on our village memorial.
A Rotary community project to enable young people to explore and share local knowledge about the First World War.
A First World War commemorative space and development of a First World War resource centre at Torpedo Bay Navy Museum in Devonport – opened on 5 March 2015.
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.
Media, War and Memory. Conference, September 18–19 2014, AUT University, Auckland.
An Inquiry class for Year 10 students. The students will be encouraged to research and create a project on an aspect of the First World War.
Auckland Libraries has developed a research guide, which outlines the First World War resources available at Auckland Libraries and Auckland Council Archives.
A blog for reviews of books on war written for children: stories that we need to remember, and should never forget.
A student-based conference to be held at Christ's College, Canterbury, 9 May 2014; to help students understand the significance of the sacrifice made during the Great War.
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’.
Collecting personal stories from the First World War for use in a student design project.
A centre for learning in Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Buckle St, Wellington.