Wars and Conflicts

A fatigue party on duty, Addington Camp, Christchurch [1900]
A fatigue party on duty, Addington Camp, Christchurch [1900]

New Zealand at war
A short introduction to New Zealand’s military history.
Anzac Day
Our backgrounder about New Zealand’s national holiday to commemorate New Zealanders killed in war and to honour returned servicemen and women. We also have a kids' page about Anzac Day and Gallipoli.
Digitised items: Wars & conflicts
Items from our archives and collections that we have digitised and made available online.
Internet Gateway: Wars and Conflicts
Selected web sites.

New Zealand Wars: 1860 - 1872

The New Zealand Wars
A guide to information about the history of the New Zealand Wars and the men who served in military units, 1845-1872
Internet Gateway: New Zealand Wars
Selected web sites.

Images of war

New Zealand at War
Selected photographs from our collection. For more photographs search our catalogue:

Other collections

War Art Online collection
images from the National Collection of War Art at Archives New Zealand.

South African War: 1899 - 1902

Canterbury’s demonstration on the departure of the N.Z. Rough Riders for South Africa, Hagley Park, Saturday Feb. 17, 1900
The programme and the order of events for the farewell of the Canterbury contingent of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles held in Hagley Park.
New Zealanders in the South African War
A guide to information about the men and women who served in the New Zealand armed forces during the South African War, 1899-1902.
Internet Gateway: South African War
Selected web sites.

World War 1: 1914 - 1918

WW100

WW100 image
WW100 image

The New Zealand Government has developed WW100, a programme to mark the First World War centenary from 2014 to 2018. Our WW100 page links to World War 1 content as well as events and activities in Christchurch and Canterbury.

New Zealanders in World War 1
A guide to information about the men and women who served in the New Zealand armed forces during World War 1.
WW1 digitised material
Material from our archives that we have made available online: includes diaries and personal correspondence, a Peace Celebrations programmes and a fundraising booklet.
1918 influenza epidemic
How Christchurch coped during the world-wide epidemic.
Armistice day
The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks the moment when hostilities ceased on the Western Front in 1918, with the signing of the Armistice.
Coming Home - 90th Anniversary of the World War One Armistice
From October 2008 to March 2009, the return of soldiers to New Zealand is commemorated in a series of events, talks, movie showings, exhibitions and recitals throughout the country.
Passchendaele
In July 1917 the Battle of Passchendaele began on the Western Front with horrific loss of New Zealand lives.
Sgt. Henry Nicholas V.C. M.M.
Christchurch’s only World War 1 V.C. recipient.
World War 1914 - 1918
Search our catalogue for items about New Zealand’s involvement in this war.
World War 1 photographs
Search our catalogue for photographs from the first world war.
Internet gateway: World War 1
Selected web sites.

World War 2: 1939 - 1945

70th Anniversary of the Beginning of World War 2
Seventy years ago on September 3, 1939 New Zealand was one of the first countries in the world to follow Britain and declare war on Germany following Germany’s invasion of Poland.
New Zealanders in World War 2
A guide to information about the men and women who served in the New Zealand armed forces during World War 2.
WW2 digitised material
Material from our archives that we have made available online: includes a diary, shipboard newspaper, Communist Party of New Zealand leaflet and a guide to the Sumner defences trail.
World War 1939 - 1945
Search our catalogue for items about New Zealand's involvement in this war.
World War 2 photographs
Search our catalogue for photographs from the second world war.
Internet gateway: World War 2
Selected web sites.

Vietnam War

Vietnam War
Memories of New Zealand soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War. Official Ministry of Culture and Heritage website, multimedia including audio, video, photographs, transcripts of interviews, digitised diaries and letters. Veterans, their families and the general public can contribute their memories. Veterans Roll and school resources.
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