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Media advisory for Anzac Day

2009 Apr 24

Explore the history of New Zealanders at war through the website. Produced by historians at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, this site is the most authoritative and accurate1o…

Calling all Oral Historians

2009 Mar 24

Applications are being called for this year’s Awards in oral history. More than $1.25 million has been awarded to over 300 New Zealand oral history projects since 1991 by the Australian Sesquice…

New Zealand War Dead Honoured in South Africa

2009 Feb 19

A memorial to 23 members of the New Zealand 7th Contingent who lost their lives in the Battle of Langverwacht in February 1902 is being re-dedicated in South Africa this week. The ceremony will ta…

Updated History of New Zealands Flags

2009 Feb 01

On Waitangi Day 2010 the national Maori flag will for the first time fly over the Auckland Harbour Bridge. It will also fly at Parliament, Premier House, the Governor-General's official residences i…

Waitangi Day 2009 Commemorative Events

2009 Jan 14

The Ministry for Culture and Heritage today announced $276,500 of Government funding for Waitangi Day events throughout New Zealand. The grants are given to encourage widespread participation in1Wai…

Ninetieth Anniversary of the Influenza Pandemic

2008 Nov 14

“The 11th of November 2008 commemorated the 90th anniversary of the Armistice and the ‘Coming Home’ of our soldiers from the First World War”, said Ministry of Culture and Heritage Acting Ch…

The Main Trunk Line – 100 years of travel

2008 Aug 07

After two decades of construction, the first train north bound on the 680-kilometre Main Trunk Line left Wellington 100 years ago on 7 August 1908. has compiled the history of wha…

New Zealand’s Olympic Story

2008 Aug 01

A record 182 New Zealanders will compete at the Beijing Olympics in just a week’s time. Amid the building excitement, the team at have compiled the inspiring story of New Zeal…

Kiwis go to the polls

2008 Jul 11

July 14 2008 marks 155 years since New Zealanders’ first trip to the polling booths. But if elections seem complex in 2008, New Zealand's first parliamentary elections began on 14 July 1853 in the…

Air quality tests at Mt Cook School show traffic fume levels within guidelines

2008 Jul 07

Results of air quality monitoring at Mt Cook School show that pollution levels from vehicle exhaust fumes fall well within health-based standards. The Ministry for Culture and Heritage1commissione…

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