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Otago University – New Zealand’s first founded 150 years ago

2019 May 31

The University of Otago, this country’s first university was founded 150 years ago on 3 June 1869.…

75th Anniversary of the Normandy Landings

2019 May 30

New Zealand will mark the 75th anniversary of the Normandy Landings at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park on Thursday 6 June at 11.00am. The public is welcome to attend this commemoration…

Hui Aroha for Maori Pioneer Battalion recalled 100 years on

2019 May 29

An Honour Guard of 100 men will march through Gisborne on 8 June to mark the century since the Hui Aroha was held there to welcome home Maori Pioneer Battalion soldiers from the First World War,…

Tuia 250 Voyage Flotilla announced

2019 May 14

Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage Chief Executive Bernadette Cavanagh announced today the core vessels that will take part in the Tuia - Encounters 250 national commemoration.…

Finding our way back : New Zealand's journey back to peace

2019 Apr 18

The stories of three New Zealanders who made it home from the First World War are the focus of WW100’s latest campaign Finding Our Way Back.…

New Zealand Maori Pioneer Battalion – commemorating 100 years since the return home on 6 April 1919

2019 Apr 04

The New Zealand Māori (Pioneer) Battalion was the only battalion of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force to return to New Zealand as a complete unit and on 6 April 1919, thousands turned out to give…

Annual history awards reveal New Zealand’s stories

2019 Mar 11

Deeper insights into the life and times of Helen Kelly and Te Rauparaha are among the New Zealand stories to be revealed through this year’s annual New Zealand History Awards, Manatū Taonga…

Let’s talk. Tuia 250 – a conversation about our nation

2019 Feb 21

This year a commemoration marking 250 years since the first onshore encounters between Māori and Europeans will prompt New Zealanders to have conversations about our history, led by co-chairs of the…

Te Matatini brings Aotearoa’s dynamic Māori culture to Wellington

2019 Feb 21

Aotearoa’s vibrant and dynamic Māori culture will be front and centre stage at the biennial Te Matatini festival taking place in Wellington for the first time in 20 years, Bernadette Cavanagh…

Six designs submitted for National Erebus Memorial

2019 Feb 15

Concept designs for a new National Erebus Memorial have now been submitted to Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage, says Ministry for Culture and Heritage chief executive Bernadette…

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