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Commemorations 2014-2020

The following anniversaries for the period 2014-2020 were authorised by the Government in 2014. Please note that this is an indicative list and may be subject to review.

2014 Tier 1 event

100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War and occupation of Samoa (1914)

Tier 2 events

200th anniversary of the first mission station

75th anniversary of the Battle of River Plate

2015 Tier 1 events

175th anniversary of the Treaty of Waitangi (1840)

100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign (1915)

Tier 2 events

150th anniversary of Wellington becoming the capital of New Zealand

150th anniversary of the creation of the Native Land Court

75th anniversary of the start of regular trans-Tasman air services

70th anniversary of VE Day and VJ Day

50th anniversary of the Cook Islands self-government

2016 Tier 1 event

100th anniversary of the War in France (1916)

Tier 2 events

200th anniversary of New Zealand's first school

150th anniversary of the Cook Strait undersea telegraph cable and the 140th anniversary of the trans-Tasman undersea telegraph cable

120th anniversary of the first public film screening, 100th anniversary of the introduction of film censorship and the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the National Film Unit

Listen to a Radio New Zealand feature about the history of the National Film Unit here and a second part which first aired in July and August 2016.

75th anniversary of the founding of the Royal New Zealand Navy

50th anniversary  of Vietnam War (Battle of Long Tan)

2017 Tier 1 Event

100th anniversary of the war in Belgium and Sinai/Palestine (1917)

NZHistory - Passchendaele: fighting for Belgium

Te Ara feature on the war in Belgium

NZHistory - Supporting Belgium: Queen Elisabeth Medal

NZHistory - The Sinai campaign

WW100 - National commemorations to be held overseas

Minister Barry - National commemoration to mark Messines centenary

Tier 2 events

150th anniversary of the Māori Representation Act establishing Māori seats in Parliament

NZHistory - Māori and the vote

Te Ara feature on Māori representation

150th anniversary of the creation of the Native School system

Te Ara feature on the Native School system

100th anniversary of the introduction and 50th anniversary of the end of 6 o'clock closing in bars

NZHistory - 'Six o'clock swill' begins

NZHistory - The end of the '6 o'clock swill'

Te Ara feature on the beer swill

50th anniversary of the adoption of the decimal currency

NZHistory - New Zealand adopts decimal currency

Te Ara feature on the decimal currency (view the 1967 decimal currency song here)

Decimal currency move a defining moment

2018 Tier 1 events

125th anniversary of women's suffrage (1893)

 On 19 September 1893 the Electoral Act 1893 was passed, giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote.  As a result of this landmark legislation, New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world in which all women had the right to vote in parliamentary elections. Learn more about this commemoration being led by the Ministry for Women here.

100th anniversary of the battle at Le Quesnoy and Armistice (1918)

Tier 2 events

175th anniversary of the Wairau incident

150th anniversary of the start of the fighting between Crown forces and the forces of Titokowaru and Te Kooti

150th anniversary of New Zealand becoming the first country to introduce nationwide standard time

100th anniversary of the influenza pandemic

50th anniversary of the sinking of the Wahine

2019 Tier 1 events

250th anniversary of the arrival of James Cook's ship Endeavour in New Zealand (1769)

100th anniversary of the Treaty of Versailles and peace celebrations (1919)

Tier 2 events

200th anniversary of the first planting of fruit frees and wine grapes

150th anniversary of the founding of New Zealand's first university (University of Otago)

100th anniversary of New Zealand joining the International Labour Organisaton

75th anniversary of the abolition of the poll tax on Chinese migrants

2020 Tier 1 event

75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War (1945)

Tier 2 events

175th anniversary of the start of the Northern War

100th anniversary of New Zealand sending its first official team to the Olympics

100th anniversary of New Zealand attending the League of Nations and the 75th anniversary of signing the United Nations Charter

100th anniversary of the opening of the Alexander Turnbull Library

25th anniversary of New Zealand joining the World Trade Organisation.


Updated on 7th July 2017