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 as well as displaying their story inside the Hall of Memories alongside the Roll of Honour.
Upcoming ceremonies at the National War Memorial
Details about 2018 National Commemorations will be added here in the New Year.
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.
The Great War Exhibition
100 years ago, our soldiers were part of the army that captured Jerusalem. Their war, fought on horseback across the ancient Holy Lands of Sinai and Palestine, may have sounded romantic. But the reality was often harsh and heart breaking. War in the Holy Lands, a dynamic audio-visual touring exhibition, takes you on their journey.
The Great War Exhibition's latest temporary exhibition, War in the Holy Lands which runs until February 2018.
War in the Holy Lands is created by Story Inc. and Dusk, and funded by the Lottery Grants Board. The fifth of seven touring exhibitions, the show gives The Great War Exhibition a chance to tell the lesser-known stories the First World War.
To see Holy Lands and book a guided tour of The Great War Exhibition, please click here.
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 14th December 2017