The Last Post
The first daily public Last Post ceremony was held at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park on Anzac Day 2015. The ceremony will be conducted every evening until 11 November 2018 and the public are invited to participate by reading the Ode or playing the bugle call. The ceremony begins at 5pm each night in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.
Every Sunday until November 2018 prior to the Last Post, we will be telling a story about the life and wartime experiences of a New Zealander who died as a result of their service in the First World War.
We will be posting these monthly stories on the NZHistory website (click on the photos to view the stories) as well as displaying their story inside the Hall of Memories alongside the Roll of Honour.
A WWI soldier's story displayed next to the Roll of Honour inside the National War Memorial.
Upcoming ceremonies at the National War Memorial
More details will be added here closer to the time. Generally most ceremonies take place inside the Hall of Memories at 11am. Often there is limited public seating but we will do our best to accommodate you.
In July, Belgian Ambassador Jean-Luc Bodson broke the ground for a new Belgian Memorial which will be unveiled in October 2017. HE Bodson unveiled a model of the memorial which is currently on display at The Great War Exhibition until October.
21 July : Dissent, the next temporary exhibition at The Great War Exhibition
Dissent, a powerful new temporary exhibition about opposition to the First World War in New Zealand, opened on Friday 21st July at The Great War Exhibition. More details about this temporary exhibiition which runs until October are here.
3 September: Merchant Navy Day
15 September: 75th Anniversary of RNZAF Service in WW2 commemoration
16 September: Malaya/Malaysia Veterans’ Day
12 October: Passchendaele centenary
31 October: Centenary of Beer’sheba commemoration
11 November : Armistice Day
20 November: Centenary of Cambrai Day (RNZAC) commemoration.
The Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps is planning a week-long series of events across New Zealand to commemorate the Battle of Cambrai. More details will follow as the project develops; these will be publicised through the RNZAC Cambrai Centenary Celebrations facebook page at www.facebook.com/RNZAC17/.
Great War Exhibition
The Great War Exhibition, created by Sir Peter Jackson, commemorates the very significant part that New Zealand played in the First World War. The visitor will journey through the war, year by year, seeing the challenges that emerged. The journey is rich in personal stories which tell of the gritty experience of the battlefields and the hardships at home during war-time New Zealand. The visitor will experience the desperate horrors and the triumphs of the human spirit that were part of the Great War.
The Great Hall of Wellington’s historic Dominion Museum houses the Exhibition that depicts the world-wide story of the war in chronological order, exploring the changing face of the conflict as it affected those who fought it from 1914-1918.
To book a tour or to find out more information on The Great War Exhibition, please visit their website.
This exhibition runs until November 2018.
ANZ NZ Room at the Great War Exhibition
Some of the intricate work undertaken for the Chunuk Bair diorama.
'ANZ Presents Gallipoli’ is a special space in the Exhibition as it focuses on New Zealand’s story. The storytelling begins in 1915 with mobilisation and with the seminal Gallipoli campaign. It touches on the incredible hardship that was suffered by New Zealanders at Gallipoli. It was from the shared tragedy at home and away that a special part of New Zealand’s national character was born.
The ANZ New Zealand room contains a large scale diorama of the battlefield at Chunuk Bair featuring an army of over 5000 miniatures. It depicts that battle in the Gallipoli campaign where, on 8 August 1915, the Wellington Battalion under Lieutenant Colonel Malone took and defended the Turkish defences on the heights of the ridge line overlooking the Gallipoli beach head. This was the high water mark for the Allied forces during the campaign. The diorama shows the desperate fighting, bravery and leadership on both sides that characterised this crucial battle.
Visit the Great War Exhibition website for more details.
Updated on 18th August 2017