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New research dramatically increases the numbers of New Zealand soldiers at Gallipoli

2016 Mar 22

Research undertaken by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage (MCH) and the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has shown that the total number of New Zealand soldiers who served at Gallipoli in 1915 is…

New earthquake resource reveals personal accounts

2016 Feb 22

Compelling personal accounts from Christchurch locals who experienced the 22 February 2011 earthquake feature in a new online resource published on NZHistory.…

World War One Māori Photos wanted

2016 Feb 18

Images of Māori First World War servicemen are wanted for inclusion in an authoritative history book on the Great War due for publication in 2017.…

Ministry supporting Waitangi Day 2016 across Aotearoa

2016 Feb 05

A range of events are taking place across Aotearoa/New Zealand giving New Zealanders an opportunity to mark Waitangi Day. A total of $288,000 has been distributed to organisations across the country…

Rededication Ceremony Honours World War One and Two Public Trust Servicemen

2016 Feb 04

Today’s rededication ceremony for the 63 Public Trust Office employees who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars paid tribute to their sacrifice as ordinary New Zealanders who were…

2016 First World War Commemorations Focus on Western Front

2016 Jan 27

New Zealand’s international First World War commemorations will focus on the Western Front with Anzac Day-related ceremonies in France and Belgium and the Battle of the Somme centenary on 15…

History awards to reveal New Zealand’s past

2016 Jan 13

Projects ranging from the Manapouri Hydro Project and the Māori Parliament to a biography of Maurice Shadbolt and the influence of Dr Robert Felkin in Havelock North are amongst those gaining…

A Second Christmas

2015 Dec 18

The realities of a second Christmas far away from home tore at many families’ celebrations; approximately 2779 New Zealanders were left dead from the Gallipoli Campaign, and the imminent…

10,000th student visits Pukeahu National War Memorial Park

2015 Dec 11

Today, Friday 11 December Pukeahu National War Memorial Park host its 10,000th school student since the Park opened in April this year.…

Waitangi oral history awards promote Treaty awareness

2015 Nov 20

Two documentaries which delve into the history of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its relevance in the 21st century are recipients of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage Waitangi 175 Oral History Awards.…

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