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Armistice Centenary – 11 November 2018


At 11am on 11 November this year, Aotearoa New Zealand marked the centenary of the armistice that ended the First World War in 1918. On that day 100 years ago, after four years of brutal conflict, war finally gave way to peace.

The First World War had taken a huge toll on New Zealand. Around 100,000 New Zealanders – or ten percent of the population at the time – served overseas during the war, and over 18,000 lost their lives. Families and communities back home felt these losses acutely.

When news of the Armistice reached our shores it was met with thanksgiving, hopefulness and joyous noise.

The Armistice centenary gives us the opportunity to acknowledge the loss and trauma of the First World War, as well as reflect on peace and hope at the centenary of its closure. As well as joining together in remembrance, we can recapture the relief and jubilation of that important day a century ago.

How Can You Be Involved?

  • Join the Roaring Chorus
    We want to recreate a roaring chorus of jubilant sound to mark the centenary, and we invite you to join us. It’s easy, find out how.
  • Observe a two-minute silence
    A two-minute silence is observed at 11am on 11 November each year, the time the Armistice came into effect. It will be a central part of Armistice Day ceremonies around the world, but anyone, anywhere is encouraged to pause and join this collective moment of reflection
  • Plan your own event or activity
    There are events and activities already being planned in communities across the country but there is always room for more. Check out WW100's resources page or current event and activity listings for tips and ideas.
  • Let WW100 know what you have planned 
    Email so we can keep you in the loop with wider Armistice commemorations.
    Although there is no dedicated funding for Armistice centenary projects through the WW100 Programme, check out our guide to potential funding sources.
  • Attend an Event
    There are events happening all over, see our Armistice centenary listings to find an event or activity near you.




Updated on 13th November 2018