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 as well as displaying their story inside the Hall of Memories alongside the Roll of Honour.

Upcoming ceremonies at the National War Memorial

Further details about 2018 National Commemorations will be added here once confirmed.

25 April - Anzac Day

More information will be added to this webpage once confirmed but here are some provisional details.

  • 6am Dawn Service
  • 11am National Commemoration
  • 2.30pm Wreath Laying Service, Atatürk Memorial, Tarakena Bay
  • 5pm Last Post
  • The Wellington Citizens' Wreath Laying Service organised by the Wellington City Council takes place at 9am at the Wellington Cenotaph, corner of Lambton Quay and Bowen Street.

11 November - Armistice Day

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's latest temporary exhibition - Women's War (23 Feb - 19 May 2018)

Women's War banner, courtesy of The Great War Exhibition.

While men suffered ghastly atrocities on the battlefields, the women of New Zealand faced the realities of the First World War in myriad ways. A short audio-visual show and display of war-era women’s clothing,  Women’s War examines the different types of experiences women at home and further afield faced during the First World War. Women’s attitudes toward the conflict were as diverse as their experiences, and giving voice to their thoughts makes it clear that they did not always agree.

Read more in the following media release - Women's War - New Exhibition opening - The Great War Exhibition.

To see Women’s War and book a guided tour of The Great War Exhibition, please click here.

Women’s War is created by Story Inc. and Dusk, and funded by the Lottery Grants Board. The sixth of seven touring exhibitions, the show gives The Great War Exhibition a chance to tell the lesser-known stories the First World War. Women’s War runs from 23 February to 19 May 2018. (Opening and closing dates may be subject to change).

Institutions interested in hosting these First World War-themed touring exhibitions can contact The Great War Exhibition by email,

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.

The Great War Exhibition runs until November 2018.


Updated on 15th March 2018