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Delivery Group

Our historians, writers, researchers and advisers help make information about New Zealand history easy to find, and create opportunities for New Zealanders to engage with their heritage. A lot of our resources are available online, and we also publish books and make oral history programmes.

You’ll find enlightening and stimulating insights into New Zealand’s past on our websites NZHistory and Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. We also manage a series of sites with a special focus on New Zealand’s involvement in military conflicts, including the 28th Māori Battalion, the Vietnam War Oral History Project and WW100. 

NZHistory

Te Ara —  the Encyclopedia of New Zealand  

28th Māori Battalion website

Vietnam War Oral History Project website  

WW100

Our social media channels

We look after memorials, monuments and war graves throughout New Zealand. We also commission the construction of memorials such as the New Zealand Memorial in London and the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington. We work with other government agencies to arrange military commemorations at the National War Memorial. 

There were 53,000 visitors to the National War Memorial in the 2016/17 financial year.  Approximately 15,000 attended Anzac Day in 2017, an increase of 3,000 over the previous year. In August 2016 the Queen  Elizabeth  II  Pukeahu  Education Centre was opened as New Zealand’s gift  to mark Her  Majesty’s  90th  birthday.   The centre provides  a  base  for  the education programme at Pukeahu and the Great War Exhibition. We continue to work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and embassies to develop international memorials to be installed in Pukeahu which saw memorials from Turkey, the United Kingdom and Belgium installed in 2017.

Our First World War Centenary Programme Office is charged with leading, coordinating and publicising the WW100 programme. In doing so we will integrate official and community responses to the centenary.

The use of symbols like the New Zealand Flag, the New Zealand Coat of Arms and New Zealand's National Anthems is covered by legislation that we administer along with the Protected Objects Act 1975. This controls the trading of taonga tūturu and places limitations on the exports of objects.

We support commemorations & anniversaries as recognised by the Goverment, working to connect events and activities across the country.  We're leading the development of a programme of commemorative events to support New Zealanders in exploring the stories and lasting impact of significant events in our history. These include First Encounters 250, the 2019 Tier 1 (major) commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the first  meetings  of  Māori  and  Europeans  when  James  Cook  and  Tahitian  chief  Tupaia  and European  scientists  circumnavigated  New  Zealand  in  1769  and  the  125th  anniversary  of Women’s Suffrage in 2018.

We also allocate contestable funding for commemorating Waitangi Day events and manage the government indemnity scheme for touring exhibitions and the Regional Culture and Heritage Fund.

The Delivery Group comprises of four teams: the First World War Centenary Programme, Heritage Operations, Heritage Projects and the Research & Publishing Group. The group is managed by Heather Baggott, Group Manager Delivery.

New Zealand Flag

New Zealand Coat of Arms

National Anthems

Protected Objects

Commemorations and anniversaries


Updated on 30th October 2017