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We've created a series animated videos to explore some of the more curious aspects of New Zealand's First World War experience. Released periodically over 2016-17.

Upcoming Events

Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Wellington
Wed 9 Sep 2015 – Sun 11 Nov 2018

Legacy projects

Listen to New Zealand's First World War story. Audio guides, soldiers' personal stories and historical insights to help you explore Gallipoli and discover the Western Front.

Overseas Ceremonies

Marking the 100th anniversary New Zealand's participation in the Battle of Passchendaele on 12 October 2017.

Latest News

It was quiet when English visited but in a few months things will be much busier as the 100th anniversaries of the major battles are commemorated.

Supported by Manatū Taonga, Ministry for Culture and Heritage The Myriad Faces of War: 1917 and its legacy will bring together speakers from around the world to Wellington in April 2017 to discuss the impact of the First World War and other significant events.



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

Leslie Adkin's diary

23 January 1917

Drove Maud & baby down to catch Napier Mail train. via @adkin_diary


23 January 1917

MR. WILSON'S BASIS FOR PERMANENT PEACE - Auckland Star, 23 January 1917 via @PapersPastNZ

Auckland Weekly News

23 January 1917

The settlers' difficulties in the backblocks: taking goods to a station in the North... via @AkWeeklyNews


22 January 1917

THE CENSUS - PRELIMINARY FIGURES - Ashburton Guardian, 22 January 1917 via @PapersPastNZ

CS Clarke's Diary

22 January 1917

It rained steadily all day, a great deal of rain has fallen and has caused a fresh in the river. via @csclarke_diary


22 January 1917

TRAIN SMASHES A GIG - Wanganui Herald, 22 January 1917 via @PapersPastNZ