Our historians, writers, researchers and advisers help make information about New Zealand history easy to find, and create opportunities for New Zealanders to engage with their heritage. A lot of our resources are available online, and we also publish books and make oral history programmes.
You’ll find enlightening and stimulating insights into New Zealand’s past on our websites NZHistory and Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. We also manage a series of sites with a special focus on New Zealand’s involvement in military conflicts, including the 28th Māori Battalion, the Vietnam War Oral History Project and WW100.
We look after memorials, monuments and war graves throughout New Zealand. We also commission the construction of memorials such as the New Zealand Memorial in London and the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington. We work with other government agencies to arrange military commemorations at the National War Memorial.
There were 53,000 visitors to the National War Memorial in the 2016/17 financial year. Approximately 15,000 attended Anzac Day in 2017, an increase of 3,000 over the previous year. In August 2016 the Queen Elizabeth II Pukeahu Education Centre was opened as New Zealand’s gift to mark Her Majesty’s 90th birthday. The centre provides a base for the education programme at Pukeahu and the Great War Exhibition. We continue to work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and embassies to develop international memorials to be installed in Pukeahu which saw memorials from Turkey, the United Kingdom and Belgium installed in 2017.
Our First World War Centenary Programme Office is charged with leading, coordinating and publicising the WW100 programme. In doing so we will integrate official and community responses to the centenary.
The use of symbols like the New Zealand Flag, the New Zealand Coat of Arms and New Zealand's National Anthems is covered by legislation that we administer along with the Protected Objects Act 1975. This controls the trading of taonga tūturu and places limitations on the exports of objects.
We support commemorations & anniversaries as recognised by the Goverment, working to connect events and activities across the country. We're leading the development of a programme of commemorative events to support New Zealanders in exploring the stories and lasting impact of significant events in our history. These include First Encounters 250, the 2019 Tier 1 (major) commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the first meetings of Māori and Europeans when James Cook and Tahitian chief Tupaia and European scientists circumnavigated New Zealand in 1769 and the 125th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in 2018.
We also allocate contestable funding for commemorating Waitangi Day events and manage the government indemnity scheme for touring exhibitions and the Regional Culture and Heritage Fund.
The Delivery Group comprises of four teams: the First World War Centenary Programme (WW100), Memorials & Taonga, Commemorations and the Research & Publishing Group.
Updated on 4th May 2018