Activities & Projects
What are you reading this November 11? You're invited to come to Timaru Library and take a selfie with our WW1 Soldier with your selection of Armistice reading to post on our Facebook page.
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.
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.
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.
Take an in-depth look at the stories behind five of the Carillon bells dedicated by Wellingtonians in memory of those who died in the First World War.
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.
Explore the story of Charles Southey, who was awarded the Military Medal for bravery following the Battle of Passchendaele.
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.
In recognition of Taranaki's First World War soldiers, the New Plymouth RSA organised to construct a memorial statue near the town's waterfront, to be unveiled on Armistice Day 2018.
New Zealand's tunnellers are the focus of the Pick and Shovel Men exhibition at Masonic Park, Tauranga, from 20 April to 20 May 2017. Part of the From Tauranga to the Trenches exhibition series.
A series of animated videos released in the lead-up to Anzac Day 2017 exploring some of the personal stories from Ngā Tapuwae Western Front trails.
A workshop for those interested in researching First World War soldiers at Lower Hutt War Memorial Library, on 11 April 2017.
A presentation and NZ military records research afternoon at Petone Community Library, Lower Hutt, on 12 March 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'
The Nelson Branch of the NZ Society of Genealogists has indexed the names of people cited in the Nelson Anglican archives who were associated with First World War activities.
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.
A digital roll sourced from the Online Cenotaph containing the names and details of Māori and Pacific Islanders who served in the First World War.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A book that shares the stories of the soldiers from the Thames region who went off to the First World War. Launched in 2014.