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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.

Upcoming Events

Dominion Museum Building, Wellington
25 April 2015 - 11 November 2018

Legacy projects

The Government created Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington to acknowledge the centenary of the First World War. Opened 18 April 2015.

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

The bloodiest and most traumatic campaign in New Zealand’s military history is captured in a new book produced by Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

Dignitaries and the public packed into the National War Memorial in Wellington to remember those New Zealanders who provided support to the Allied war effort in France during 1916 to 1918.



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

28 September 1916

To fill the places of men going to the Front: girls in Wellington, who are receiving... via @AkWeeklyNews


28 September 1916

ROLL OF HONOR - Poverty Bay Herald, 28 September 1916 via @PapersPastNZ


28 September 1916

INACCESSIBLE AREA - Northern Advocate, 28 September 1916 via @PapersPastNZ

James Cox's diary

28 September 1916

This morning I walked by Belvedere, Carrington and Cemetery line....I feel much more fit now via @cox_diary

Fred Welch's diary

28 September 1916

Down to YMCA room at night & played Gupwell chess for the Ladder competition & won the 2 games. . via @FPWelchdiaries


28 September 1916

BASELESS RUMOURS - North Otago Times, 28 September 1916 via @PapersPastNZ