Activities & Projects
Matariki Tu Rākau supports communities around New Zeland to plant trees together, creating living memorials 100 years after the First World War. Part of the One Billion Trees Programme.
Of the 3600 men and women of Nelson Province who served in the First World War a total of 680 died as a direct result of the war. Currently 93 of them are remembered on the Anzac Park Cenotaph.
A memorial to the men from Pacific countries who joined ranks with New Zealanders in the World Wars will be unveiled at Pukeahu following a design competition in 2018.
Join Wellington historian Elizabeth Cox for a guided tour of Old St Paul's First World War brass memorials on 25 April 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.
A service to dedicate and bless a memorial tablet to 11 local men whose lives were lost in the First World War. Glenfield Community Centre, Auckland, 9 September 2017, 10am.
Preserving and showcasing the photographs taken by Samuel Hurst Seager, architect of New Zealand’s First World War battlefield memorials in France, Belgium and Turkey.
A commemorative street sign in remembrance of Brigadier-General Bernard Cyril Freyberg will be unveiled. Lyall Bay, Wellington, 18 June 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.
The 2017 upgrade reflects the memorial’s importance as a centre of the city’s war and peace commemorations and will better cater for the growing Anzac Day crowds.
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.
A project to establish a permanent memorial on Fraser Island, Australia, to record the role that the Maheno played as a hospital ship in the First World War. Unveiled on Anzac Day 2017.
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.
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.
The Linking Bridges project aims to build links between two bridges and their communities: Kaiparoro war memorial bridge, Wairarapa and the Bridge Creek memorial bridge at Brooweena, Queensland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Commemorative ceremonies and the unveiling of two new cenotaphs on Niue to mark the island's contribution to New Zealand's war effort.
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.
Marking the Defence Force rugby team's visit to Belgium, a memorial service to the most famous All Black to have died in the war – Dave Gallaher – will be held on 4 October 2015.
Thames-Coromandel District Council is developing a conservation plan for the Thames Monument, an early 1920s memorial which commemorates local soldiers who were lost in the First World War.
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.
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.
An exhibition of Laurence Aberhart's photographs of First World War memorials in New Zealand and Australia, Auckland Art Gallery, 30 May-6 December 2015.
A 300 page publication listing all the fallen mentioned on memorials in the area.
Tour Taranaki's war memorials with Puke Ariki's heritage experts on 6 June 2015.
Join Peter Olsen on a bus tour of a selection of the more than 50 First World War memorials that dot the Manawatu landscape. Departing from Palmerston North on 26 April 2015.
Offering a free service to descendants where I lay a poppy or card at New Zealand memorials or ancestors' graves during a trip to Gallipoli around Anzac Day 2015.
This trust intends to honour Archibald Baxter and other conscientious objectors from New Zealand during the First World War centenary.
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.
Commemorating the march that 60,000 of New Zealand's First World War troops made over the Rimutakas from Featherston Camp to Upper Hutt with a re-enactment march and a memorial.
An exhibition of selected photographs of First World War memorials by Laurence Aberhart. Tauranga Art Gallery, 17 February - 10 May 2015.
The Way We Were is a series of lunchtime presentations at The Treasury in Thames. Come learn about the symbolism and history of Hauraki-Coromandel War Memorials on Monday 16 March 2015.
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.
Heritage New Zealand is excited to offer a tour visiting a number of First World War country memorials in Canterbury's Waimakariri District on 11 April 2015.
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.
Online list of members of the NZ legal profession who lost their lives while serving in the First World War. Biographies of all 51 lawyers on the Roll have been added. Further input is welcomed.
The theme for 2014's Rotorua Sculpture Symposium is 'The Returning Soldier', 29 November-12 December. After the symposium, the sculptures will be installed in Government Gardens.
Research into the men and women listed as "killed in action" during the First World War on war memorials in Upper Clutha, published into a book titled Courageous and Free in November 2016.
A project to commission a significant work to recognise the Featherston Military Training Camp is well underway.
To create a white cross with name/rank/serial number of every man and women from South Canterbury who died in the First World War.
On August 16th 2014 we will unveil a plaque commemorating the 8th (South Canterbury) Regiment of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles who left for the First World War exactly 100 years earlier.
New plaque for the Otago Peninsula Soldiers' Monument.
Reconstruction and re-lettering of Whangarei First World War cenotaph.
Erected in 1921 as a memorial to Tauranga’s fallen the gates are constructed of concrete rendered posts, wrought iron gates and marble plaques, which are currently undergoing conservation.
Restoration of First World War memorials throughout the Rangitikei District.
The planning and erection of the statue of a young Mackenzie soldier as he stood on the Fairlie Railway Station, preparing to go to war, back in 1914. Unveiled 16 October 2014.
First World War memorial plaque for a marae complex in Kennedy Bay, Coromandel.
Construction of crosses for a Hamilton field of remembrance.
Restoring the Gore war memorial.
Restoration of the Alexandra war memorial.
Construction of a new memorial to New Zealand First World War Tunnellers in Waihi. Officially dedicated by the Governor-General on 22 January 2016.
Restoration and conservation of Paraparaumu and Ōtaki war memorials.
Upgrading the Mt Roskill war memorial area in Auckland to add a Roll of Honour, make the parade ground larger and more accessible, and generally improve this important local landmark.
Enhancing the College Hall Memorial Window to honour the names of the fallen via a series of bronze plaques beneath this magnificent First World War memorial in the Arts Centre of Christchurch.
Restoration to main line running condition of First World War memorial locomotive AB608 "Passchendaele".
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.
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.
"The Line of Fire", Capt Matt Gauldie's commemorative bronze statue of Gallipoli artist, mapmaker, & Hamilton hero: Sapper Horace Moore-Jones. Unveiled 27 March 2015.
Re-engraving commemorative plaques with the names of remembered soldiers, and erecting information panels at each of five North Otago war memorial oak tree groves.
Restoring and improving the Queens Gardens (including the Cenotaph) in preparation for First World War commemorative events.
Field of Remembrance commemorative activities prior to Anzac Day in 2014.
Restoring the First World War memorial to Maori soldiers in Moutoa Gardens (Pakaitore) Historic Reserve.
A riverside garden in memory of military personnel killed in the First World War, focusing on Hamilton city's connection with the Belgian town of Ieper (Ypres).
Restoring the Gisborne Cenotaph which was damaged in a 2007 earthquake. The monument is our region’s main First World War monument and the focal point of our Anzac day celebration.
Activities for the Whanganui area include a major exhibition, digitisation of community held records, a newsletter, art exhibitions and memorials photography.
The New Zealand War Graves Trust, in association with the Auckland War Memorial Museum are creating a photographic archive of the war graves of all New Zealanders from 1899 to the present day.
This project is about ensuring war memorials in Southland are able to be preserved and commemorated in the near future and the long term.
To place the Anzac poppy flower head on the places such as roads and facilities that are named after wartime activities or people.
Researching and documenting local involvement in the First World War to enrich the Coromandel Heritage Trust's existing website.
An online exhibition and timeline to commemorate the centenary using documents and images from the Auckland Council Archives collection, plus indexing of names from war memorials.
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.
Creating an "Avenue of Remembrance" with a tree for each local fallen First World War soldier, grown from the seeds of the Gallipoli Oak Tree planted in the centre of Christchurch.
A Field of Remembrance will be established on Windsor Reserve in Devonport - initially for Armistice Day 2013, and subsequently for major commemorative activities.
Transcribing war memorials in Otago & Southland. Publishing details of soldiers in our monthly newsletter. Cross-referencing Invercargill Cenotaph to all memorials for future publication.
The North Otago Museum is developing an online resource linking information on North Otago Memorial Oaks with the Cenotaph database and information from the Waitaki District Archives.
Restoring the Kaitaia First World War memorial for the centenary commemorations.
A project to place images and brief information boards about Lower Hutt WW1 soldiers/heroes in locations closest to their residential address at their time of signing up.
The Government created Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington to acknowledge the centenary of the First World War. Opened 18 April 2015.