What's Happening

International events across land and sea will mark the centenary of the largest naval battle of the First World War, including the participation of HMS New Zealand.

Upcoming Events

Tairawhiti Museum, Gisborne
8 April – 19 June 2016

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

Four young people from Samoa, Niue, Tonga and the Cook Islands will travel to France for the Somme commemorations in September, after winning a WW100 writing competition.

An image of a lone soldier at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park has been judged the winner of WW100 centenary progamme’s #MyAnzacDay photo competition.



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

27 May 1916

The new Mount Cook memorial hut...which has just been completed: via @AkWeeklyNews


27 May 1916

PREJUDICING COLONIAL MEAT - Dominion, 27 May 1916 via @PapersPastNZ


27 May 1916

THE NEW ARM - Auckland Star, 27 May 1916 via @PapersPastNZ

Fred Welch's diary

27 May 1916

Kemble up at night & we played chess, 2 games, both of which he won. . via @FPWelchdiaries

James Cox's diary

27 May 1916

This evening on the way home from Ogiers I was knocked down by a man on a bicycle via @cox_diary


27 May 1916

PAYNE’S FANATICISM - FURTHER RIDICULOUS CHARGES - Wanganui Herald, 27 May 1916 via @PapersPastNZ