What's Happening

A remembrance ceremony followed by a French inspired afternoon of cultural activities at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington on 18 September 2016.

Upcoming Events

Auckland War Memorial Museum, Parnell, Auckland
Thu 15 Sep 2016

Legacy projects

A series of authoritative and accessible print histories on New Zealand and the First World War.

Overseas Ceremonies

There are three commemorative services on 15 September 2016 in Longueval, France, to mark New Zealand's involvement in the Battle of the Somme.

Latest News

New Zealander’s experiences in France during the First World War will be remembered in a special national commemoration on Sunday 18 September, Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry says.

Students from throughout New Zealand are set to benefit from today’s opening of the Queen Elizabeth II Pukeahu Education Centre at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.



History from the perspective of New Zealanders who experienced it. Daily tweets from diaries, letters, newspapers... shared 100 years later in 'real-time'.

Auckland Weekly News

29 August 1916

Happy New Zealand soldiers outside their headquarters in London: https://t.co/D2laQkVRLV https://t.co/onqTaO5d2Z via @AkWeeklyNews

CS Clarke's Diary

29 August 1916

Mr & Mrs Conneley rode over to Jack’s place and brought home two draught horses to plough with. https://t.co/rvSzSwQLAu via @csclarke_diary


29 August 1916

Do the Dead Know? STRIKING EXPERIENCES - Manawatu Times, 29 August 1916 https://t.co/BgLouJPWTr via @PapersPastNZ


29 August 1916

DEATH OF A MAORI CHIEF - Hawera & Normanby Star, 29 August 1916 https://t.co/sbjEGUq3L6 via @PapersPastNZ

Roy Bruce's letters

29 August 1916

Dear old Blakeney I miss him terribly, we were great friends. He was buried where he fell. https://t.co/PY5fepm1YJ via @Bruce_letters

Fred Welch's diary

29 August 1916

Started for home & within 200 yards of the house at a sharp turn one of the hind wheels came off.. https://t.co/2ZbvATX3qD via @FPWelchdiaries