The First World War (1914–1918) was one of the most significant events of the 20th Century and had a deep and lingering impact on New Zealand society.
Ten percent of our population of one million served overseas, of which more than 18,000 died and over 40,000 were wounded. Nearly every New Zealand family was affected.
The growing attendance at ANZAC Day ceremonies in New Zealand and the steady increase in visitors to battlefields in Turkey and Europe, demonstrates a continuing interest in the significance of this conflict.
New Zealand's First World War Centenary (WW100) programme marks the First World War centenary from 2014 to 2019 (when our troops came home) — through a range of events, activities and projects in all parts of the country.
With the 25 April 2015: ANZAC landings in Gallipoli – ANZAC Day ceremonies are to be held in both Wellington and Turkey and will be a major focus for both the NZ Government and New Zealand as a nation.
The support of the New Zealand Public is sought for the First World War Centenary from 2014 through 2019 by wearing the WW100 lapel pin.