The Last Post
The first daily public Last Post ceremony was held at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park on Anzac Day 2015. The ceremony will be conducted every evening until 11 November 2018 and the public are invited to participate by reading the Ode or playing the bugle call. The ceremony begins at 5pm each night in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.
Every Sunday until November 2018 prior to the Last Post, we will be telling a story about the life and wartime experiences of a New Zealander who died as a result of their service in the First World War.
We will be posting these monthly stories on the NZHistory.net website (click on the photos to view the stories) as well as displaying their story inside the Hall of Memories alongside the Roll of Honour.
A WWI soldier's story displayed next to the Roll of Honour inside the National War Memorial.
Winter Concert series - The Hall of Memories
Wellingtonians and visitors to the capital are invited to attend six Sunday concerts over winter at the Hall of Memories, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. The concerts began on Sunday 22 May with the RNZAF Band's Woodwind Trio playing music from the great masters. The concerts continue monthly through to October 2016. Concerts will commence at 4pm and conclude at 4:45pm. You are invited to attend the daily Last Post ceremony. Prior to the 5pm ceremony on Sundays, we remember a fallen World War One soldier by reciting their story alongside the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.
The concerts are free and no RSVPs are required.
11 September Organ Recital by Timothy Hurd QSM
2 October Classical Saxophones and Voice - programme of renaissance and baroque music.
Military History of Mt Cook – Peter Cooke
Sunday 21 August at 4pm
Venue: The Hall of Memories, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park
Peter Cooke will give a talk on the military history of Mt Cook, incorporating some of the material covered on a recent Mt Cook History Walk. More details about this talk here.
These ceremonies start at 11am and entry inside the Hall of Memories is generally by invitation only with limited public seating available on the day. We will do our best to accommodate those who wish to attend our ceremonies.
However you are also welcome to view the proceedings outside. More details about each ceremony and any additional events will be added here closer to the time.
September 3 - Merchant Navy Day
September 15 - War in France - Somme. A National Commemoration in New Zealand takes place on Sunday 18 September at Pukeahu. The commemoration starts with a formal remembrance service in the morning (11am), followed by a celebration of the ongoing New Zealand-France friendship in the early afternoon (12-3pm). The Ministry for Culture and Heritage’s WW100 Programme Office is looking for French cultural and community groups and French businesses who are interested in being part of the National Commemoration of the 'War in France' activities on September 18 – to share French culture through art, music, song, dance, food, and crafts. More details about how you can get involved are here.
Details about the National Commemoration - War in France events are here.
September 16 - Post War Operations Malaya/Malaysia
September 20 - Battle of Britain
November 11 - Armistice Day
November 20 - Battle of Cambrai
December 18 - 75th anniversary of the sinking of HMS Neptune (time to be confirmed).
Great War Exhibition
The Great War Exhibition, created by Sir Peter Jackson, commemorates the very significant part that New Zealand played in the First World War. The visitor will journey through the war, year by year, seeing the challenges that emerged. The journey is rich in personal stories which tell of the gritty experience of the battlefields and the hardships at home during war-time New Zealand. The visitor will experience the desperate horrors and the triumphs of the human spirit that were part of the Great War.
The Great Hall of Wellington’s historic Dominion Museum houses the Exhibition that depicts the world-wide story of the war in chronological order, exploring the changing face of the conflict as it affected those who fought it from 1914-1918.
To book a tour or to find out more information on The Great War Exhibition, please visit their website.
This exhibition runs until November 2018.
ANZ NZ Room at the Great War Exhibition
Some of the intricate work undertaken for the Chunuk Bair diorama.
'ANZ Presents Gallipoli’ is a special space in the Exhibition as it focuses on New Zealand’s story. The storytelling begins in 1915 with mobilisation and with the seminal Gallipoli campaign. It touches on the incredible hardship that was suffered by New Zealanders at Gallipoli. It was from the shared tragedy at home and away that a special part of New Zealand’s national character was born.
The ANZ New Zealand room contains a large scale diorama of the battlefield at Chunuk Bair featuring an army of over 5000 miniatures. It depicts that battle in the Gallipoli campaign where, on 8 August 1915, the Wellington Battalion under Lieutenant Colonel Malone took and defended the Turkish defences on the heights of the ridge line overlooking the Gallipoli beach head. This was the high water mark for the Allied forces during the campaign. The diorama shows the desperate fighting, bravery and leadership on both sides that characterised this crucial battle.
Visit the Great War Exhibition website for more details.