Centenary of World War I

New Zealand's participation in World War I is being marked between 2014-2019 through a series of centenary events, activities and projects.

About the centenary

Centenary celebrations between 2014–2019 have been organised to match the chronology of events of 1914–1919.

The 2018 theme was The darkness before the dawn, and marked the centenary of:

  • the liberation of Le Quesnoy on 4 November, and
  • Armistice Day on 11 November.

More information about New Zealand's centenary celebrations, including a schedule of activities planned for 2018-19, is available on the WW100 website.

WW100 New Zealand website(external link)

Early learning

We've put together ideas for commemoration activities for early learning services. These are suggestions only, and it's entirely up to services if they want to commemorate World War I, and how they do it.

Anzac Day learning ideas

Resources for schools and kura

Inquiry guides

The inquiry guides help students explore events and experiences of the World War I home front, the Pacific and the battlefield.

Each guide explores a different aspect of World War I and can be used for any learning area in the curriculum.

The guides are available in both English and te reo Māori. They can be used in any order and adapted to suit:

  • learner interest

  • a whole school focus, or

  • a specific event. 

The guides discuss World War I as a very poignant historic event in our history, but also make links and parallels with our lives today. For example, social bullying: being handed a white feather  a symbol of cowardice  by a young woman was the ultimate in humiliation for men during this time. Students are asked to think about how social bullying occurs today.

The guides also explore wider civic issues such as peace, reconciliation, rights and responsibilities.

First World War inquiry guides and resources  TKI website(external link)

School and junior journals

World War I themed school and junior journals are available through our Literacy online resource centre.

School journals — TKI website(external link)

Junior journals — TKI website(external link)


The following posters are available for download:

1914-1918 Snapshot of education(external link)

Animals during World War I(external link)

The New Zealand Māori Pioneer Battalion (external link)

New Zealand nurses during World War I(external link)

Other resources

Anzac Day learning ideas

WW100 New Zealand website(external link)

National Library Services to Schools website(external link)

New Zealand History  Ministry for Culture and Heritage website(external link)

Anzac Day Resources  Ministry for Culture and Heritage website(external link) 

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