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New book reveals horror and humanity of war

2015 Oct 01

War and how it has shaped us as a people and a country is the subject of a joint venture by Victoria University English Professor Harry Ricketts and Ministry for Culture and Heritage Senior Historian…

New Zealand Divisional "All Blacks" on display in France

2015 Sep 29

A different kind of New Zealand rugby talent will be on display in France in October. Though these historical forwards and spectators are only 17 centimetres tall.…

Remembering Christchurch – an important social history

2015 Sep 02

In the words of Reg Miller “people count more than buildings, bricks and mortar”; this insight is indicative of the wealth of social history captured in the Ministry for Culture and Heritage’s…

National Commemoration of the Vietnam War

2015 Aug 17

Commemorative Service marking end of WWII in the Pacific

2015 Aug 13

A commemorative service will be held at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park at 11.00am this Saturday 15 August to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII in the Pacific.…

Applications for 2016 Waitangi Day Fund Open

2015 Aug 07

Waitangi Day 2016 is set to be filled with creative and colourful events around the country thanks to community funding made available through Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage.…

National Ceremony to mark the Centenary of the Battle for Chunuk Bair

2015 Aug 05

The National Ceremony to mark the Centenary of the Battle for Chunuk Bair at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington anchors WW100 events around New Zealand.8 August marks 100 years from the…

National War Memorial open for Capital 150

2015 Jul 24

A chiming of the peace bell from the carillon tower, a display of royal wreaths, a choral performance, artefacts from the archaeological survey of the Pukeahu site and a history talk are some of the…

Centenary of the return of the Willochra

2015 Jul 10

Commemoration of the centenary of Chunuk Bair

2015 Jul 02

“I and the Wellington Battalion go to Happy Valley tomorrow night at 11.30pm. No fires, no movement… (we’ll) go out on the night of the 6th to take Chunuk Bair.” - Diary entry by William…