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.

Sign up to participate in the Last Post ceremony

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.

Wounded the latest exhibition at The Great War Exhibition, located in the former Dominion Museum building behind the National War Memorial, opened on Anzac Day.  This new temporary exhibition portrays the afflictions and hardships New Zealand service personnel experienced during World War One. 

The Great War Exhibition opens the next in a series of temporary exhibitions

Upcoming ceremonies at the National War Memorial

More events and details will be added here closer to the time.

Monday 8 July             Opening of the Belgian exhibition (time TBC).  On the occasion of  "100 years Battle of Passchendaele”, the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 created the traveling exhibition "The Belgians have not forgotten".  With this exhibition, the MMP1917 wants to show that Belgium continues to remember the First World War and the many New Zealand victims. More details are here.

12 October 2017:   Passchendaele centenary

October/November 2017: War in Sinai/Palestine

11 November 2017: Armistice  Day

Great War Exhibition

The Great War Exhibition logo attached to the exterior of the former Dominion Museum building.
Credit: Photograph by Andy Palmer, Manatū Taonga

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.

Credit: Photograph courtesy of the Great War Exhibition.

'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 23rd June 2017