Activities & Projects
An exhibition that tells the story of the end of the war in a new light: what was it like for those who lived after the fighting stopped? At Alexander Turnbull Library, 10 Sep - 1 Dec 2018.
An Armistice Day centenary parade and service, including the unveiling of The Taranaki Salute to The Anzacs, at the New Plymouth Cenotaph on 11 November 2018.
A promenade theatre performance on the 100 year anniversary of the 1918 influenza pandemic that plagued New Zealand. At Victoria University of Wellington, 9-17 October 2018.
The Waiheke RSA is asking the Island community to stop and pause at 11am on the 11th November.
A play of two parts at University of Otago, remembering student soldiers who returned to their studies after serving in the First World War. Play runs from 6-8 September 2018.
The Government will mark the centenary with a national commemoration at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington on 11 November 2018.
Hear local historian Lesley Wilson talk about her recent overseas travels to France, Belgium, Egypt, and Turkey to research Albany locals at war. At Albany War Memorial Library on 3 October 2018.
Join the New Zealand Defence Force for the final commemorative activity of the First World War Centenary at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park at 7.30pm on Armistice Day, 11 November 2018.
New Zealand will mark the centenary of its last significant action in the First World War with a national ceremony at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park on 4 November 2018.
With 2018 marking the centenary of The Armistice of 11 November 1918, the city will host several events as part of the Armistice 2018 Commemoration Programme.
Leys Orchestra proudly presents a free family concert featuring music from Auckland a century ago, at Epsom's Centennial Theatre on 14 October 2018.
As a lead-up to the Tapawera Armistice Weekend event, the NZ Mounted Rifles Charitable Trust and local group, the ANZAC Horses, are doing a Ride to Remember through the area on Labour Weekend.
This exhbition at Ōtaki Museum reflects on the 75 year history of the Scottish-New Zealand connection through the Ōtaki Shield. Runs from 20 July to 29 September 2018.
A talk at Karori Cemetery on 11 November 2018 to acknowledge the end of the First World War and explain the development of a dedicated services section.
Join Jeffrey Russell to follow the stories of three women from Lower Hutt concentrating on their lives overseas during the First World War. At Naenae Community Library, 26 September 2018.
The Maheno District (North Otago) will be unveiling a memorial commemorating HMHS Maheno and her valuable contribution to the First World War on Armistice Day (11 Nov 2018).
A guided tour of the cemetery on 11 November 2018, with stories about our 85 servicemen and women of Porirua, buried in the old cemetery.
Join The Great War Exhibition team to hear three talks on the lesser known New Zealand experiences of the First World War on 25 October 2018.
An exhibition of works by Wellington artist Rebecca Holden that celebrates the eight NZ women who ran Aotea Convalscent home in Egypt. Runs from September-November in Masterton and Whanganui.
A community celebration of the 100th year since peace was declared after the First World War. At Naomi & Bill Kirk Park, Mangere Bridge, on 11 November 2018.
A poignant and stirring story based on letters sent home from the front, memoirs of Kiwi Gallipoli veterans and quotes and minutes from the Council of War. In Timaru from 17-24 August 2018.
On Sunday 11 November 2018 there will be a special service at the Akaroa War Memorial to commemorate the 100 years since peace was declared.
Commemorating the influenza pandemic of 1918, hear four historians speak and give their accounts of what happened. At Auckland Central Library, 3 October 2018.
The End of the War? exhibition in Wellington looks at the war-time experiences of nine people and the century-long impact of their experiences. At the Great War Exhibition, 26 July - 30 Nov 2018.
A book launch and two presentations on the anniversary of the Battle of Chunuk Bair, 8 August 2018, at Palmerston North's Distinction Hotel.
The Mid Canterbury Choir will pay tribute to New Zealand's war heroes in song and readings at Ashburton's Sinclair Centre on 1 July 2018.
The Marlborough Singers will perform "The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace" at ASB Theatre in recognition that this year marks the 100th year of Armistice Day.
On the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, this concert will feature the sights, sounds and songs of that period. At Tauranga's Holy Trinity Church on 11 November 2018.
To mark the centenary of signing the Armistice in November 1918, the Tapawera community is hosting a special weekend event for the Nelson Tasman region.
A solo exhibition, part of an ongoing project that revisits the biography of First World War intern Dr. Hjelmar von Danneville. At Wellington's Enjoy Gallery, Feb-March 2018.
Beyond Measure installation, comprising 220 screenprinted bandages, modelled on First World War field dressings, suspended in regimental fashion. At the Suter Art Gallery, Nelson, May-June 2018.
Over The Top is a theatrical insight into the lives of nine young Napier locals who enlist and their families left behind. Being performed at Napier Little Theatre on 5-6 July 2018.
The New Zealand String Quartet and opera singer Jared Holt join forces to premiere a new song cycle, In Memoriam. Performed in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch between April and May 2018.
Matala-Anzac is the first ever Anzac Day civic service in New Zealand led by members of the Tongan community. Held at Walter Massey Park, Mangere, on 25 April 2018.
A Moving Tribute is a photographic journey of Helen Pollock's ‘Victory Medal’ in each of its 8 installations. On at Devonport's Depot Artspace from 23 April to 9 May 2018.
A Time Like This is the touching, tender, yet at times horrific story of First World War veteran, Douglas Chapman. On at BATS Theatre, Wellington, from 24-28 April 2018.
A memorial installation at Papatoetoe's Burnside Park featuring a Ngā Tapuwae banner and commemorating Anzac Day 2018.
A new commission from Ross Harris, Face is inspired by the story of Sir Harold Gillies, the Kiwi who became the father of plastic surgery. Premiered by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in 2018.
Join Auckland Peace Action for an alternative Anzac Day 2018 event. They will be hosting a peace picnic in the Auckland Domain to commemorate conscientious objectors who resisted war.
Presentation at Palmerston North's Te Manawa by Major General (Retd.) Rhys Jones on the battles of manoeuvre that blunted the German attacks during the Great War. 10 May 2018.
A free Anzac week 2018 light and sound commemorative event, including live musical performances choreographed to light artworks projected onto Auckland's St David's Presbyterian Church.
The Geraldine Play Reading Group and The Geraldine Community Choir present an evening of play reading, poems, song and local Anzac stories on 22 April 2018.
An Anzac Day commemorative dawn service will be held at 6.10 am on Wednesday 25 April 2018 at Royal Bermuda Regiment, Warwick Camp, South Shore Road, Warwick, Bermuda.
Helen Pollock’s address at Netball North Harbour on 22 April 2018 will review her recent works commemorating the trauma and long-term consequences for New Zealanders of the First World War.
Join Te Awamutu Brass & The Rosetown Choristers for an afternoon of music entertainment with an Anzac theme and a First World War tunes community sing-a-long on 22 April 2018.
In this talk, Professor Gary Sheffield explains why, after three years of deadlock, 1918 was decisive, and the Allies emerged victorious. At Palmerston North Central Library, 3 May 2018.
A celebration of the centenary of Armistice Day with music and dancing and a finger-food supper. Entertainment with music from the era. At Blenheim Bowling Club, 10 November 2018.
This exhibition at Rotorua's Arts Village will showcase artwork from the winners and finalists of the The Art of Remembering - Te Pū o Mahara competition. From 21 April - 26 May 2018.
Each Sunday evening during the centenary, before the Last Post ceremonies at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, stories of soldiers who died 100 years ago are recited. Read past ones on NZHistory.
Against the backdrop of war, Anthony Ritchie celebrates the experiences of ordinary people. Hear this secular cantata at Auckland's Holy Trinity Cathedral on 14 April 2018.
Join Wellington historian Elizabeth Cox for a guided tour of Old St Paul's First World War brass memorials on 25 April 2018.
A public talk by Jane Tolerton, exploring the story of New Zealand women in Egypt, on Lemnos, in England and Malta. At Palmerston North Public Library 18 April 2018.
On Good Friday 2018 the Tudor Consort explores the parallel symbolism of the crucifixion of Christ, and the lives of the fallen in this centennial year of the end of the First World War.
This Writers & Readers event, as part of the 2018 New Zealand Festival, saw Chris Bourke and Christopher Pugsley trading stories about cultural change during the war.
Exhibition of 44 embroidered panels telling some of the moving personal stories of Kiwi soldiers, nurses and doctors welcomed in the community at Hospital No 2 Walton on Thames between 1915 and 1920
The experiences of Cantabrians who served on the battlefields and those they left behind tell the story of Canterbury and the First World War. At Canterbury Museum 1 Dec 2017 - 11 Nov 2018.
This retelling of Homer’s Iliad visually updates the setting to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. At PumpHouse Theatre in Auckland, 19-28 April 2018.
To explore the Le Quesnoy-New Zealand connection, the French Department at the University of Waikato are organising a conference in the French town on 2 & 3 November 2018.
A free presentation by National Geographic Photographer Dr. Jeff Gusky on the graffiti left under the Western Front. At the Great War Exhibition in Wellington, 28 February 2018.
This exhibition at papakura Museum looks at how the First World War changed everyday life in New Zealand. From 12 March to 21 December 2018.
Sandra Coney will discuss some of the stories from her new book "Gone West: Great War memorials of Waitakere and their soldiers" at Titirangi Library on 24 February 2018.
In this talk Jane Tolerton explores how the feminist 1890s fuelled female ambition and how this was expressed in the fight for suffrage and in the 1914-1918 war. National Library, 28 February 2018.
An audio-visual show and display at Wellington's Great War Exhibition focussing on the myriad ways New Zealand women faced the realities of the First World War. 23 Feb - 19 April 2018.
International and New Zealand experts will detail 1918 pandemic epidemiology and impact, at a one-day summer school course at the University of Otago Wellington campus on 7 February 2018.
WW100 will mark the Battle of Passchendaele with a national commemorative programme held in Wellington on Thursday 12 October.
Never a week goes by is an exhibition depicting the impact of the First World War on two Pacific colonies, one English and one French. On at Maison de Deva, Bourail, from 25 April to 16 May 2017.
Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir is proud to premiere a newly commissioned work by New Zealand composer Victoria Kelly, in Auckland and Napier in September and October 2017.
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 talk arguing that Anzac Day should be used to remember all aspects of the First World War, not just the traditional ones. Held at Te Manawa, Palmerston North on 20 Apr 2017.
The story of the Couch brothers, who all returned safely from the First World War, is told in this exhibition at Takapuna Library, Auckland, 21 Apr - 13 May .
Scotland's famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is known as the "greatest show on earth".
An exhibition of Sikh soldiers in the First and Second World Wars, presented by Sikh Foundation NZ.Wellington Central Library, 12 -27 April 2017.
A workshop for those interested in researching First World War soldiers at Lower Hutt War Memorial Library, on 11 April 2017.
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.
Round up the troops for a day full of family entertainment at Founders Anzac Fair. Held at Nelson's Founders Heritage Park, on 23 April 2017.
Panmure Action Group, Warrnambool RSL, and Mt Wellington Panmure RSA joining together in Panmure Victoria on Anzac Day 2017 to reinforce the Anzac Spirit and shared conflict history.
Choral anthems that reflect upon, and commemorate, the contribution made by New Zealand's service men and women, at St Paul's Collegiate School on 25 April 2017.
An exhibition and associated publication featuring women with links to Gisborne who served or volunteered in the First World War. At Tairawhiti Museum from 24 March to 16 July 2017.
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.
A concert featuring choral and musical performances commemorating the First World War at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Auckland on 22 April 2017.
World War One at Sea features the drama and tragedy of seafarers during the war, with a special emphasis on the sinking of the SS Otaki. At Ōtaki Museum from 10 March to 8 July 2017.
Anna Mackenzie shares, in images and words, her journey into and beyond the war, focussing particularly on the war stories often ignored. At Hastings Library on 5 April 2017.
The Belgians Have Not Forgotten is an exhibition created by the Memorial Museum Passchendaele, touring New Zealand venues in 2017.
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.
A poignant, stirring theatrical production, based on actual letters sent home from the front. Performed at Hannah Playhouse, Wellington from 4-8 April 2017.
A monument to commemorate the centenary of the sinking of the New Zealand Shipping Company vessel SS Otaki on 10 March 1917, unveiled by the Governor General at Ōtaki College.
A response to cataclysmic events of war, and to the legacy that has been passed on to the generations who have not known war. Touring the central North Island between 2015-2018.
The Exhibition features forgotten Kiwi songs from the war and tells the stories of the writers and composers. At Blenheim's Millennium Public Art Gallery, 3 February to 19 March 2017.
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.
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.
The City Choir Dunedin and Dunedin Symphony Orchestra come together to perform Karl Jenkins' chorla work The Armed Man at the Dunedin Town Hall on 1 April 2017.
Screenings of the Gallipoli animated film "25 April" at Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision in Wellington from 19-29 April 2017.
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.
An exhibition of Laurence Aberhart's photographs of First World War memorials in New Zealand and Australia. In Waiōuru from 16 December 2016 - 17 January 2017.
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.
An installation artwork as a memorial to the New Zealand soldiers killed during the Gallipoli campaign, showing at Nelson's Refinery Art Gallery in November 2016.
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.
The Aorangi Symphony Orchestra proudly presents a unique First World War commemoration concert relating to the Battle of Romani and war in general at the Auckland Town Hall, 20 November 2016.
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
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.
Armistice in Cambridge commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice which ended the First World War. Held at Mighty River Domain, Cambridge, on 12-13 November 2016.
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.
The RNZN Band presents their third Remembrance Day concert paying tribute to New Zealand’s past and present. At Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland, on 11 November 2016.
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.
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
In Somme/Silk Road, photorealist painter David Woodings uses postcards to illustrate one of the war's bloodiest battles. At the National Army Museum from 5 October 2016 - 30 April 2017.
A range of events in October 2016 to celebrate the centenary of Featherston's Anzac Hall, built by the people of Wairarapa in 1916 to entertain soldiers training nearby.
As part of the pets and animals blessing at Dannevirke's Anglican Church Hall on 2 October 2016, there will be a commemoration of the millions of animals drafted into the First World War.
Join the Western Front Association at a meeting at Auckland's Observation Post at Kennedy Park with a lecture on the Somme by Herb Farrant on 16 October 2016.
A service to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, at Timaru Botanic Gardens on 18 September 2016.
A public talk on the history of Waikumete Cemetery's general military section since 1918 with Lisa Truttman at Auckland Central City Library on 28 September 2016.
This presentation at the Marlborough Convention Centre on 25 September 2016 will be given by New Zealand Defence Force historian Matthew Buck.
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.
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.
What happened when the Eastbourne RSA decided to publish a history of its community’s experiences of war? Find out at Petone Library on 1 September 2016.
A naval war art exhibition of brothers Esmond & Hal Atkinson's pen & ink sketches of service in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve at Petone from 3-23 November 2016.
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.
Join the residents of Radius Fulton Care Centre, Dunedin, on 15 September 2016 as they remember those who fought in the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago.
A pop up exhibition at Renwick Community Memorial Hall on 20 and 21 August 2016, with a focus on the men from Renwick who served in the First World War.
A concert by the Band of the Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery to commemorate the centenary of the Somme. At Playhouse Theatre, Glen Eden, Auckland on 25 September 2016.
The New Zealand Division suffered catastrophic losses on the Somme during September 1916. This talk at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum on 27 September 2016 commemorates Otago’s worst day.
A ceremony of remembrance will be held at the Auckland War Memorial Museum on the centenary of New Zealand's entry to the battle: 15 September.
At the close of Ashburton Art Gallery and Heritage Centre's Anzac project on 3 September 2016, come hear Kevin Soster's public talk on William Leefe Robinson.
Writer Anna Mackenzie shares her journey into and beyond the war, focussing particularly on the war stories often ignored, at MTG Century Theatre, Napier, on 8 October 2016.
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.
Discover more about your ancestors during Family History Month. This workshop is to be held at Taita Community Library on 19 August 2016.
A remembrance ceremony at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington on 18 September 2016.
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.
Special commemorative event in collaboration with Massey University, featuring Ashley Ekins, Australian War Memorial military historian, at Palmerston North Central Library on 8 August 2016.
An exhibition on the Somme brings to life the remarkable life and military career of Dunedin-born Lt-Col James Waddell, veteran of France's Foreign Legion.
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.
Join students from a French and a New Zealand high school as they commemorate the first day of the Battle of the Somme, with songs, poems and readings, at Auckland Museum on 1 July 2016.
A remembrance service at Nelson's Founders Heritage Park on the centenary of New Zealand's entry into the Battle of the Somme, 15 September 2016.
Recording and displaying Methven's First World War soldier stories in the Methven Heritage Centre during the centenary period.
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.
Come to the Auckland Central Library on 21 September 2016 and hear the ‘futility’ argument re-examined, and the Somme’s long New Zealand shadow considered.
A small exhibition and service of remembrance to mark the centenary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme at Remuera Rackets Club, Auckland, on 1 July 2016.
A multi-media living history presentation telling the story of soldiers from the district that served at The Somme. Several performances at Motueka District Museum over 5-6 April 2016.
A commemorative service to mark the centenary of the opening of New Zealand No.1 Hospital at Brockenhurst, held at All Saints Garrison Church, Burnham Military Camp, on 29 June 2016.
An exhibition illustrating the building of Kaitaia's First World War memorial and the later relocation. Held at Kiwi North Museum, Kaitaia, from 1 May - 1 July 2016.
Join the Auckland War Memorial Museum as they bring back to life the voices of New Zealanders for or against conscription in the First World War, between 30 July and 21 August 2016.
The New Zealand Branch of the Western Front Association's talk on 26 June 2016 looks at Armentieres one hundred years ago. Held at the Observation Post in Castor Bay, Auckland.
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.
A unique programme to mark the centenary of one of the first Anzac Day observances, in Petone, Wellington.
A service of gratitude at the Mazargues War Cemetery in Marseilles to commemorate the centenary of the NZEF's landing in France on 11 April 1916.
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.
Join a free lecture with author Jennifer Haworth on the story of the First World War commissioned war artists, at Waikato Museum on 11 May 2016.
Photographs, artworks, installations, talks, readings, poetry and prose, printed and audiovisual material at Linwood Community Arts Centre, Christchurch, 11-25 April 2016.
An exhibition of Laurence Aberhart's photographs of First World War memorials in New Zealand and Australia, at Canterbury Museum from 7 April - 24 July 2016.
Special tours focusing on historic events relating to Parliament during the First World War.
Survivor World War One is interactive fun for all ages. Play the game at Kaitaia's Te Ahu Centre and see how you survive or not. Exhibition runs from March 2016 to February 2017.
Historian Steve Watters investigates the reaction to the introduction of conscription in New Zealand in this lecture at Whanganui's Davis Theatre on 19 April 2016.
Focusing on life ‘at home’ during the First World War, the Home Front exhibition explores how events half a world away shaped lives at home. From 26 February - 13 November 2016.
"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.
As part of Taupo Public Library's 'War Stories' lecture serres on 21 April 2016, Dr Pamel Wood speaks about the sinking of HMS Marquette in the First World War.
As part of the Auckland Writers Festival, author and publisher Jenny Harworth looks at New Zealand's First World War artists. At Auckland Art Gallery on 15 May 2016.
Cynthia and Chris McKenzie reflect on their experience at Gallipoli during the centenary of the landings in this exhibition at Devonport's Depot Space from 9-27 April 2016.
On 25 April 2016 we commemorate 100 years since the first Anzac Day service. Join us at the Auckland War Memorial Museum for a day of activities and free guided tours.
Keith Garwood will talk about his research into local soldiers who served and died in the First World War, at the Petone Community Library on 23 April 2016.
Anzac themed stories followed by a creative paper or clay poppy craft at Palmerston North Central Library, on 21 April 2016.
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.
A re-enactment of the Kaikoura Mounted Riders leaving to join the Canterbury Mounted Rifles contingent at Kaikoura's Anzac Day commemorations on 25 April 2016.
To commemorate the Anzacs, make a poppy in remembrance, to plant on the Museum lawn. Materials provided. Drop in at any time between 23-25 April 2016.
Hear author Andrew Francis speak about the fascinating research that went into 'That Dear Little Home in the Bay', at the Petone Community Library on 9 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.
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.
Join Belgian composer Jef Neve for In Flanders Fields, a concert exploring the Belgian experience of the war, and New Zealand's relationship with it, at Auckland Museum on 2 April 2016.
In three concerts at Featherston's Anzac Hall between 27 March and 24 April 2016, you will hear original First World War songs, as featured in the Farewell Zealandia exhibition.
The Dunedin Symphony Orchestra's 2016 season finishes with a programme featuring works that reflect the times of the First World War. Held in the Dunedin Town Hall on 1 October 2016.
CHB Settlers Museum's 2016 exhibition focuses on 100 years since the Battle of the Somme, and the 42 local boys lost in 1916. The exhibition runs from 13 March 2016 - 13 March 2017.
The role of Tairāwhiti women who served overseas in the First World War is the focus of this public lecture at the Tairāwhiti Museum on 25 April 2016.
Çanakkale – Road to Peace Out of War is a photographic exhibition offering a unique Turkish perspective of Gallipoli, at the Waikato Museum from 2 April - 3 July 2016.
In a lecture titled 'You get a feed there', Mark Houlahan speaks on Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary and in commemoration of the First World War. In Hamilton on 23 April 2016.
In this documentary, Sam Neill looks through the lens of his own family to uncover some overlooked truths about Gallipoli. Screened at Waikato Museum on 25 April 2016.
This display, drawn from Tairāwhiti Museum’s collections, reflects on children’s experiences of war. On display in Gisborne between 1 April - 19 June 2016.
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.
To mark the centenary year of the Battle of the Somme, a commemorative tree will be planted in the Matata Rest Area on 5 March 2016.
Cantando Choir returns to the peaceful setting of Hamilton Gardens on Anzac Day 2016 for a presentation of reflective music and words.
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.
In March 2016, Peter Kennedy presents a lecture series on New Zealand’s involvement on the Western Front in Mosgiel, Gore, Christchurch and Auckland.
A commemorative programme of events around Anzac Day on sites associated with New Zealand on the former Western Front.
This performance installation, set in the trenches in 1916, uses original music, puppetry, projection mapping, and live and virtual words. At Te Manawa, 27-28 February 2016.
This exhibition has a focus on the men from Blenheim who served in the First World War, and local Marlborough context of the day. Held at Bookworld, Blenheim, 12-14 February 2016.
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.
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.
On 23 February 2016 Vietnam veteran and historian Bill Barnes will speak on the origins of the First World War and New Zealand’s involvement at Ashburton Art Gallery.
On Tuesday 23 February 2016 heritage writer Ian Collins will give a talk at the Ashburton Gallery on ‘The Fortunes of War: The military careers of two Canterbury First World War soldiers'
Two action-packed days of old fashioned fun – including several First World War battle re-enactments – at the Rangitata Island Aerodrome, 23-24 April 2016.
An exhibition of Laurence Aberhart's photographs of First World War memorials in New Zealand and Australia, Ashburton Art Gallery, 30 January - 27 March 2016.
New Zealand and Australian artists commemorate the Anzac legend 100 years after it was forged at Gallipoli. Exhibition held at Porirua's PATAKA Art + Museum, 27 November 2015 - 7 February 2016.
Women of Empire 1914-1918 draws on the personal experiences of New Zealand women during the First World War. Join an exhibition floor talk at The Nelson Provincial Museum on 1 February 2016.
A programme of commemorative events surround the unveiling of the New Zealand Tunnelling Company memorial dedication in Waihi's Gilmour Reserve on 22 January 2015.
Head to Auckland's Central City Library on 20 April 2016 to learn about resources and genealogical research about Pacific Islanders who served in the First World War.
In Somme/Silk Road, photorealist painter David Woodings uses postcards to illustrate one of the war's bloodiest battles. At ArtsPost in Hamilton from 22 April - 23 May 2016.
A regimental mess-themed luncheon at Featherston Anzac on 24 January 2016 to commemorate the centenary of the opening of the Featherston Military Training Camp.
He Pou Aroha Community Cenotaph provides portable digital access to Online Cenotaph using innovative purpose-built digitisation kiosks at a range of locations throughout New Zealand.
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.
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.
An Armistice Day commemorative service at the Cenotaph, followed by the launch of the street-naming initiative 'Poppy Places' at the Central Library on 11 November 2015.
Kae Lewis explores the continuing connections of Thames and New Zealand to the First World War battlefields of France and Belgium. At The Treasury on 19 November 2015.
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.
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.
Come to Auckland War Memorial Museum on 11 november 2015 and take time to remember those who served, those who are currently serving and those who have given their lives in military service.
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.
This new chamber opera brings powerfully to life how Gallipoli was a domestic story as well as a military one. At Maidment Theatre, as part of the Auckland Arts Festival, 10-12 March 2016.
On 8 November 2015, Christ Church in Whangarei will host two services to remember the lives of all those lost in war.
On 14 November 2015, as part of the Waiheke Literary Festival, historian Christopher Pugsley and Dr Mary Paul join publisher Jeremy Shylock to discuss issues related to writing about war.
Gallipoli, From Tauranga to the Trenches is the second exhibition from the Tauranga Heritage Collection commemorating the First World War.
An illustrated talk about NZ Army Nurses and the sinking of the troop/transport ship Marquette during the First World War. At Hunters Corner Town Centre, 20 October 2015.
What was it like to be a first-generation German-Kiwi serving in the NZEF during the First World War? Find out at Palmerston North Public Library on 5 November 2015.
Listen to stories of rugby in the First World War told by Clive Akers, Evan Torrance and Geoff Watson at Te Manawa Museum, Palmerston North, on 11 November 2015.
A discussion on the history of the Passchendaele memorial locomotive, AB608, its relevance to the war and the contribution NZ Railways made to the war effort. At Toitū on 26 October 2015.
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.
A Marquette Angel is the latest From Tauranga to the Trenches exhibition, a mobile series commemorating the centenary of the First World War.
An illustrated presentation looking at the experiences of the hundreds of thousands of Germany's First World War prisoners of war, at Auckland's Central City Library, 4 November 2015.
Leopard Coachlines Canterbury Brass and The Plainsmen present a remembrance concert at Middleton Grange Performing Arts Centre, Christchurch, on 6 November 2015.
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.
The Christchurch City Choir and Addington Brass join to present a free commemoration concert of First World War songs and music at the Air Force Museum on 15 November 2015.
'Remember' is a concert the Navy Band perform on Remembrance Day, 11 November 2015, at Auckland's Holy Trinity Cathedral.
A self-drive guide available in Christchurch on 24 October 2015 locates memorials commemorating the nurses who drowned on the Marquette in 1915.
Jude Turner will host a talk about the history of the nurses lost when the Marquette sank in 1915 in the Nurses’ Memorial Chapel Garden at Christchurch Hospital on 25 October 2015.
Professor Glyn Harper talks about the make-up of the NZ soldier in the First World War; who they were and where they came from. At Te Manawa in Palmerston North, 15 October 2015.
Porirua's PATAKA Art + Museum hosts Laurence Aberhart's extensive series of photographs of First World War memorials between 11 September and 15 November 2015.
This exhibition at Dunedin's Otago Museum telling the story of three local nurses as they care for wounded soldiers during the Great War. Runs from 1 October 2015 - 31 January 2016.
An 80-strong choir with full orchestra performs Karl Jenkins' anti-war piece, The Armed Man: a Mass for Peace at Nelson College on 26 October 2015.
A New Zealand memorial service to commemorate the 98th anniversary of the Battle of Broodseinde on 4 October 2015, held at the site of the battle in Belgium.
New Zealand, Australia and Turkey are pleased to present the first ever joint photo exhibition of the first World War Gallipoli campaign in Austria, from 23 September 2015 - 10 January 2016.
A display of photographs, mementos and copies of military histories of the men from the Pukekohe East School and District who fought in the First World War. In Pukekohe from 10-11 October 2015.
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.
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.
Dr Jenny R Macleod presents the NZ-UK Link Foundation Annual Lecture for 2015, looking at New Zealand's experience of Gallipoli. Held at the University of London on 16 November 2015.
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.
‘My Memorial’, by Australian artist Kathy Temin’s, forms a darkly poignant and timely memorial to First World War survivors. At Auckland's Gus Fisher Gallery from 9-24 October
On 29 September 2015 the NZDF's rugby team, the Defence Blacks, plays a commemorative match against a French selection in Paris.
On 3 October 2015 the NZDF's rugby team, the Defence Blacks, will play a one-off match in the Dave Gallaher Memorial Tournament against the Belgium national team in Zonnebeke, Belgium.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Andrew Francis presents at talk about the Taumaru Military Convalescent Home in Lowry Bay, at the Eastbourne Community Library on 5 September 2015.
Keith Garwood shares his mapping work identifying the homes of Lower Hutt residents who served in the First World War. At Lower Hutt War Memorial Library, 9 September 2015.
An open air service to commemorate Armistice Day on 11 November 2015 at the Blenheim War Memorial in Seymour Square. Everyone is welcome to attend.
An exhibition featuring photos and brief histories of Marton's local soldiers who served in the First World War. On at Vahalla Cinema Complex from 18-29 August 2015.
An emotionally powerful play about the friendship between England’s great war poets, Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. On at Auckland's PumpHouse Theatre from 25-30 August 2015.
How did the First World War redraw the world map? Visiting historian Dr Jörn Leonhard brings a global perspective to University of Auckland's centennial commemorations on 28 August 2015.
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.
How do we remember the First World War? It appears as a tangled mass of opposing views: political, emotional and moral. This exhibition runs at Aratoi from 14 August - 4 October 2015.
This exhibition runs at Aratoi Museum in Masterton from 14 August - 4 October 2015. All are invited to an artist talk with its artist, Connah Podmore, on Sunday 16 August at 2 pm.
Professor Glynn Harper, a military historian, will hold a public talk at Christchurch's Central Library Peterborough on his latest book "Johnny Enzed" on 22 October 2015.
Classical guitarist Bruce Paine will present a concert at Alberton, Auckland, titled "Duty and Delight" and inspired by Gallipoli war texts, on 21 November 2015.
Armistice in Cambridge commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice which ended the First World War. Held at Mighty River Domain, Cambridge, on 7-8 November 2015.
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.
Explore the First World War battlefield recollections of former Otago Museum Director H D Skinner through objects and his own words. Exhibition runs from 7 August 2015 to 31 July 2016.
Dr Fenton will discuss the history of the First World War using imagery from his book, at TSB Theatre in New Plymouth on 29 August 2015 as part of the Taranaki International Arts Festival.
Join Auckland War Memorial Museum on 8 August 2015 to commemorate the Battle of Chunuk Bair with a commemoration service, a presentation of ANZAC images, poetry, waiata and theatre.
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.
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.
A exhibition at Carterton Events Centre using painting, textiles and ceramics to commemorate New Zealand's First World War soldiers. From 28 July to 5 September 2015.
The war sTOrY exhibition explores methods that are imbued into our psyche to make the sacrifices of war possible. On at Tin Palace, Lyttelton, from 5-23 August 2015.
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.
A commemorative concert and display to commemorate 100 years since the battle for Chunuk Bair began. At the Dannevirke Town Hall on 8 August 2015.
Dannevirke & Districts RSA are planning a Lone Pine in commemoration of Chunuk Bair, near the Cenotaph in the Dannevirke Domain on 8 August 2015.
In this lecture series Dr Gwen Parsons from University of Canterbury relates her First World War research to the war sTOrY exhibition at Tin Palace, Lyttelton. 8 and 15 August 2015.
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.
An exhibition celebrating the life of Joseph Gordon Coates, a war hero who became New Zealand's Prime Minister. At The Kauri Museum, Matakohe, from 17 October 2014 - 31 May 2016.
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’.
Anna Rogers will talk about the New Zealand's military nurses and their involvement in conflicts in the early half of the twentieth century at the South Christchurch Library on 25 July 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.
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.
Çanakkale – Road to Peace Out of War is a photographic exhibition offering a unique Turkish perspective of Gallipoli, at the Petone Working Men's Club from 1-23 August 2015.
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.
The South Canterbury WWOne Centenary Committee are holding a service to commemorate the battle for Hill 60 in Gallipoli at Timaru's Botanical Gardens on 23 August 2015.
Audiences will experience the absurdity and adversity of the attack on Chunuk Bair in this classic play, being performed at Shambles Theatre in Rotorua from 29 July to 8 August 2015.
A ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the planting of pohutukawas “in commemoration of the brave deeds done by our soldiers in Gallipoli” in Eastbourne, on 14 July 2015.
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.
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.
This exhibition at St Michael's Church School Hall, Christchurch, on 24 October 2015 commemorates the centenary of the sinking of the Troopship Marquette, in which ten NZ nurses perished.
A performance of Maurice Shadbolt's classic play, paying tribute to the young men of Wellington Battalion who saw action on Chunuk Bair, Gallipoli, in 1915. In Carterton from 8-15 August 2015.
At Napier's MTG on 5 July 2015, Professor Kay Morris Matthews will be discussing her research into woman in the First World War, with a focus on women from the East Coast and Hawke's Bay.
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.
The Handel Quire present an evening of sublime music and readings (poems, letters etc) to commemorate the centenary of the Great War at St Andrew's Church in Pukekohe on 5 July 2015.
An exhibition at Masterton's Aratoi celebrating Norman Prior’s war record and highlighting the service of NZ medical staff during the First World War. Runs 14 August - 4 October 2015.
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.
Photographs by Lesley Wilson depicting how communities around the world are remembering the men and women who went to the First World War. At Albany War Memorial Library, 25-26 July 2015.
An exhibition at Papakura Museum featuring a collection of postcards, letters and diaries written to and from New Zealanders in the First World War. From 29 May - 30 November 2015.
Discover the diverse stories and perspectives of indigenous and Pacific peoples during the First World War in this panel discussion at Auckland War Memorial Museum on 23 June 2015.
Still explores the duality of war: the destruction of lives and the construction of a collective future. Presented simultaneously in Auckland, Christchurch and Poitiers, France, in September 2015.
In 2014 the Gisborne Quilting Group produced 14 small quilted samplers to commemorate the First World War. These are on display at Gisborne's Tairawhiti Museum from 26 June - 26 July 2015.
The Handel Quire present an evening of sublime music and readings to commemorate the centenary of the Great War. Held at Auckland's Pitt St Methodist Church on 4 July 2015.
This year's Mainland Arms Gunshow at Christchurch's Riccarton Park Events Centre has a special WW100 theme to commemorate the First World War. Held on 18 July 2015.
To coincide with the First World War centenary commemorations, The Foundation for Peace Studies Aotearoa/NZ hosts a peace conference at AUT Auckland on 19-20 September 2015.
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
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.
2015's Fibre & Fleece fashion show and exhibition at Opotiki College is Anzac themed to commemorate the Gallipoli Campaign's centenary. From 10-12 July 2015.
The Palmerston North Choral Society presents a programme commemorating Gallipoli, the First World War and the sorrow arising from conflict at St Peter's Anglican Church 20 June 2015.
LilyRose will be showing a collection commemorating WW100 at the New Zealand Eco Fashion Designer Runway, at Notre Dame Performing Arts Centre, Lower Hutt, 13 June 2015.
Çanakkale – Road to Peace Out of War is a photographic exhibition offering a unique Turkish perspective of Gallipoli, at the Otaki Museum from 5-27 June 2015.
West Otago Theatrical presents "We Will Remember Them" at the West Otago Community Centre, Tapanui, from 2-5 July 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.
Heroes is the bittersweet story of three old First World War comrades, cooped up in a country home for veterans. Performances held at Titirangi Theatre, Auckland, 2-13 June 2015.
Cantores Choir (OUSA) with orchestra and percussion presents a collection of songs, texts and sounds covering numerous aspects of war, at the Dunedin Railway Station, 24 May 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.
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.
Photographer Laurence Aberhart's exhibition of war memorials at Whanganui's McNamara Gallery captures the historical form given to communal experience of loss and grief. 8-29 May 2015.
'The Frontline Gazette' is a unique theatrical performance by Birkenhead College students, taking place at the New Zealand Maritime Museum, Auckland, 23-24 May 2015.
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.
Former Wallaby lock, newspaper columnist, broadcaster and author Peter FitzSimons joins the Auckland Writers Festival from Sydney to talk about his latest book Gallipoli on 15 May 2015.
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.
WW100 Anzac Display showing 4000 poppies and Gallipoli and Western Front images at Coach House Museum from 24 April - 30 June 2015.
Remembering 100 years of Gallipoli, the Unity Singers will present favourites from the First and Second World Wars in the variety concert at Pahiatua's: Regent Theatre, 17 May 2015.
Posters and paintings looking at Manawatu preparing and returning from war. At Palmerston North's Vault Gallery from 30 April - 26 May 2015.
Performing Maurice Shadbolt's classic Gallipoli play, 'Once on Chunuk Bair', at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand in Christchurch. 29 July - 8 August 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.
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.
This exhibition at the Nelson Provincial Museum captures the very personal response to the life and death of John Robert Dunn at Gallipoli. Exhibition runs from 1 May - 23 August 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.
A unique theatre experience at Birkenhead College from 6-9 May 2015, where audiences will be moved between a variety of scenes that form the world of the war era.
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.
An Anzac Day service at the Greendale Memorial Gates, Darfield, followed by afternoon tea and a display of First World War memorabilia, on 25 April 2015.
To commemorate Anzac Day, the Chiefs' match against the Force at Waikato Stadium on 24 April 2015 will feature a moving tribute to those soldiers who fought in the First World War.