Activities & Projects
The untold story of the New Zealanders who fought the Great War under other flags. Written by Glyn Harper, and published by Massey University Press in April 2019.
A novel for children and young adults by Philippa Werry (author of "Anzac Day" and "Armistice Day")
Join archivist, Gareth Winter as he talks about the new book 100 Years, 100 Lives. At Masterton District Library on 9 November 2018.
Distinguished historian Christopher Pugsley charts the New Zealand Division’s last and most successful First World War action in an authoritative and highly illustrated book.
This book launch commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. The authors have compiled a roll call of 424 Catlins soldiers, telling their stories for the first time.
Terry Kinloch's comprehensive biography of General Sir Alexander Godley, presenting for the first time a fair and balanced look at his time as commander of the NZEF. Published in November 2018.
Historian Anna Rogers' print history on the hundreds of doctors, nurses, stretcher-bearers and other medical service personnel who cared for the sick and wounded in the war. Due out November 2018
From mid-July to Armistice Day 2018 the Wairarapa Times-Age printed the life story of someone connected to the First World War each issue to mark the 100 years since the end of the war.
A publication telling the little-known story from the end of the war when New Zealand troops cut a giant Kiwi into the chalk hill behind Bulford camp, England. Published in 2018.
On the centenary of the conclusion of the First World War, the Manawatu Catholic Worker celebrated the heroes of peace with a calendar featuring stories of men and women who stood up for peace.
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.
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.
A book written by Alan Emerson and Bruce Levy about 100 years of Anzac commemorations in the Wairarapa town of Tinui. Available from Hedleys Bookshop in Masterton from April 2017.
A book exploring Eastbourne's experience of war — both overseas and on the home front — in the early twentieth century.
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.
Retired Belgian judge Dominique Cooreman unearthed an almost forgotten battle in Belgium, where more than 1000 NZ soldiers were killed between mid-June to the end of August 1917.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Publication of The Anzac Experience: New Zealand, Australia and Empire in the First World War, by Christopher Pugsley.
A collection of pieces focusing on the people, personalities and leaders in the First World War. Published by Massey University Press in April 2016.
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.
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.
Chinese Anzacs: Australians of Chinese Descent in the Defence Forces 1885-1919 - Second Edition revised to include New Zealand-born Chinese of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force 1914-1919.
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.
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.
This book takes readers on a journey into the colourful world of postcards during the First World War, giving a poignant insight into life in New Zealand during the war. Published in August 2015.
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.
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.
An illustrated talk by Professor Jean Anderson on a series of French 'patriotic' short books from between 1917-1920. At National Library of New Zealand, Wellington, 9 July 2015.
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.
Magazine feature on WW100 and Anzac commemorations in MG magazine, a national current affairs monthly publication.
A 300 page publication listing all the fallen mentioned on memorials in the area.
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.
Fully revised and with many new photos, Chris Pugsley's classic account of the Gallipoli Campaign was published in new NZ and UK editions.
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.
"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.
Over 100 identified/named photographs of New Zealand military nurses upload to the NZANS website.
A book that shares the stories of the soldiers from the Thames region who went off to the First World War. Launched in 2014.
A publication which includes profiles of all men listed on the Rotorua First World War cenotaph and Arawa Soldiers' War Memorial in the Rotorua Government gardens.
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 National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) is producing a 2015 diary acknowledging the First World War that has a particular focus on its impact on women.
A well written and beautifully researched edited collection examining the theme of endurance and the First World War in New Zealand and Australia.
An album featuring a performance and recording of Matthew Everingham's 'Tribute', a First World War memorial song cycle based on texts by Wilfred Owen. Released 19 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.
An illustrated history of New Zealand’s war experience, by Kirstie Ross and Kate Hunter. Published by Te Papa Press, August 2014.
The Troopers Tale - The History of The Otago Mounted Rifles is the complete and authorised narrative of the Otago Mounted Rifles, edited by the late Dr Don Mackay.
Events, activities and exhibitions will be happening right across the Christchurch City Libraries network throughout 2014 to 2018.
Researching their pharmacy and military experiences, the circumstances of their death and where they are commemorated. The Pharmaceutical Society will record a tribute to these men.
A web-based project, commissioned by New Zealand Post, highlighting the vital role played by New Zealand’s postal system – the Internet of its time – during the First World War.
Publication of a book about animals and birds in service during the First World War.
Historical book on the Taumaru Military Convalescent Hospital to be published online.
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.
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.
The ANZAC Hall Club Society Incorporated is producing a set of four calendars as a limited edition over the period July 2014 to December 2018.
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.
Researching and writing a historical publication on the Horowhenua district's First World War dead.
Historical research and publication on the Eastbourne RSA and the district’s links with the First World War.
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.
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.
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.
We Will Remember Them is a series of commemorative books recording the final resting place of all known New Zealand First World War casualties.
A joint digitisation project between Auckland War Memorial Museum and Dunedin Public Libraries has led to a significant collection of New Zealand First World War troopship magazines online.
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.
A blog for reviews of books on war written for children: stories that we need to remember, and should never forget.
Maps locating cemeteries which include graves or memorials for members of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force who died during the First World War.
A children's book by Philippa Werry helping young New Zealanders fully understand contemporary commemorations of war.
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.
History from the perspective of New Zealanders who experienced it. Daily tweets from diaries, letters, newspapers... shared 100 years later in 'real-time'. Join in!
An organisational history of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force covering its formation, initial structure, development and changes.
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.
A website which allowed visitors to follow the historic 1913 cruise of the battleship HMS New Zealand online in "real-time". Decommissioned in 2014.
Follow a personal journey to visit 100 New Zealand First World War memorials and tell some of the fallen's stories on a blog by August 2014.
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.
Introducing the first detailed history of New Zealand’s hospital ships.
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.
A series of authoritative and accessible print histories on New Zealand and the First World War.
A broad-ranging book combining history and heritage to tell the story of New Zealand’s home front experiences.