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
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.
Passchendaele—New Zealand’s Darkest Day is a powerful new temporary exhibition about New Zealander’s experiences in the tragic Battle of Passchendaele at The Great War Exhibition. This audio-visual based exhibition portrays the disastrous events of October 12th 1917 at Passchendaele. Passchendaele—New Zealand’s Darkest Day also features original letters and military equipment loaned from Wellington families, whose forbears fought and died on that day.
Runs until December 2017 - more details are here.
23-29 October: Welington Heritage Week event at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.
Pukeahu, which means sacred hill, was named by Ngai Tara iwi several centuries ago. In the 1840s British settlers renamed the hill Mount Cook and built a military stronghold on it. In 1879 the site’s jail was used to hold prisoners from Parihaka. After World War I, the government chose Pukeahu as the location for the new national war memorial and museum complex. The War Memorial and Carillon opened in 1932 and the Dominion Museum in 1936. During WWII the Museum was converted into our national military headquarters. Rumours abound of secret tunnels under Mount Cook dating from this time. The building is now listed as one of our most significant interwar public buildings, and is home to The Great War Exhibition. More details are here.
Venue: The Great War Exhibition, 15 Buckle Street, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Old Dominion Museum Building
Date & Time: Tour departure 11.00am daily 23-29th October (bookings essential). Or timing by arrangement for group of 10+. Tour lasts 50 minutes.
Cost: Free – Receive a complimentary $10 Guided Tour Voucher of The Great War Exhibition to use on the day. ($15 admission into the exhibition still applies).
27 October: 75th Anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein
31 October: Centenary of Beersheba commemoration
New Zealand will mark the centenary of the Battle of Beersheba, and the wider service of New Zealanders in the Middle East during the First World War, with a national commemorative ceremony inside the Hall of Memories which will be live streamed on the WW100 website and Facebook page. Overseas, a combined Australia and New Zealand Service will be held at Beersheba War Cemetery, Be'er Sheva, Israel on 31 October at 9am. This will be followed by the New Zealand National Commemoration at Tel Beer Sheva at 2pm.
Public are welcome to attend the Pukeahu commemoration; however space inside the hall will be extremely limited.
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/.
03 December: Outdoor concert by the NZ Army Band at 2.30pm
The 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. 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 19th October 2017