Explore the history of New Zealanders at war through the NZHistory.net.nz website. Produced by historians at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, this site is the most authoritative and accurate online source of information about this country’s war history and ANZAC Day especially.
First observed in 1916, Anzac Day – 25 April – honours all New Zealanders who have fought and died in war. See also resources for schools studying Anzac Day.
The Gallipoli campaign of 1915 remains a landmark event in New Zealand history. Although it was a grievous failure for the Allies and did not have a significant impact on the war's outcome, the campaign fostered an emerging New Zealand identity, and its effects continue to resonate.
More than 450 memorials are currently listed on the register. Find your local memorial with our interactive location map, or help us find out about the ones we've missed.
To mark Anzac Day 2009 we have added several new features, including:
Objects of war
A knife supposedly made from the shinbone of a Turkish soldier is just one of the many fascinating objects held at the National Army Museum. These objects offer a unique way of experiencing war history, by seeing and reading about the equipment and personal belongings of those who were there.
Capture of German Samoa
When war broke out in Europe in August 1914, Britain asked New Zealand to seize the German colony of Samoa as a ‘great and urgent Imperial service’. Although the tiny German garrison offered no opposition, at the time it was regarded as a potentially risky action.
To find out more on the experiences of New Zealanders at war – including the South African War, First World War, Second World War, Korea and Vietnam – explore NZHistory.net’s War and Society section, http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war-and-society
Check out our other sites:
This site provides information about Anzac Day and material that can be used in Anzac Day events. It also features an interactive adaptation of a guidebook to visiting Gallipoli.
This website allows Vietnam veterans, their families and the wider community to directly contribute their memories and memorabilia such as photos, letters, or diaries. It also presents extracts from the oral history interviews collected as part of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage’s four-year Vietnam War Oral History Project.
Updated on 23rd July 2015