The Kāpiti Coast is among communities throughout New Zealand being encouraged to take part in the centenary commemoration of the First World War.
The First World War (1914–1918) was one of the most significant events of the 20th Century and had a seismic impact on New Zealand society. Ten percent of the population then of just one million served overseas, with more than 18,000 killed and 40,000 wounded.
The commemoration is called ‘WW100’ and its centrepiece is a new website (http://ww100.govt.nz). Communities, schools, families and workplaces can share what they are doing to be part of the centenary.
‘Discover your stories
Pip Swaney, WW100 Programme Manager, says: “Be part of the First World War Centenary. This is the time to dig into your past to discover your stories – may be even new truths – about how the war touched your family, community or workplace.”
If you’re planning a commemorative activity, project or event, then add it to the Activity section to promote your event and kick start other initiatives around the country.
You can follow the official WW100 programme to see what is being planned by the New Zealand Government. Initiatives underway include the creation of the National War Memorial Park in Wellington which will be ready in time for the centenary of Anzac Day in 2015.
New Zealand at War timeline
To find out more about the First World War, the New Zealand at War timeline highlights key events back then. The News section tells you what’s happening including information on Lottery funding opportunities.
The WW100 website will be further developed in the lead up to the centenary to include an events calendar, resources to support communities with their planning and activities, and more connections to authoritative historical content online.
“If you are starting to plan a WW100 activity, project or event and need advice, contact the WW100 Programme through the website — organisations can also register to use the WW100 symbol,” says Pip Swaney.
The WW100 Programme Office is a joint Government initiative — funded by the Department of Internal Affairs, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the New Zealand Defence Force.
To be part of the First World War Centenary, contact Hazel Dobbie, Communications Adviser WW100, firstname.lastname@example.org (021 745 288)
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