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.
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.
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.
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.
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.