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First World War centenary commemorations

Ngā whakamaumahara rautau ki te Pakanga Tuatahi o te Ao

To commemorate the centenary of the First World War, we are hosting several events and providing public resources.

A banner for the Armistice Centenary 2018.


Armistice Centenary Commemorations

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, an Armistice was signed that ended the First World War.

For the first anniversary, King George V requested two minutes silence in remembrance of the dead. In New Zealand, pedestrians and traffic stopped in the streets to observe the silence.

This became a central feature of all subsequent commemorations.

Join us at 11am on Sunday 11 November 2018 as we remember and pay tribute to those New Zealanders who served and died for their country in the First World War. Centenary services will be held at: 

Auckland Domain Armistice Day Service
Service: 11am at Auckland Domain in front of Auckland War Memorial Museum
Contact: Michelle Nauer 0274 448 432
Manurewa Armistice Day Parade and Service

Parade assembly: 10.40am by Manurewa Library. Parade commences: 10.45am parade marches down Hill Road to the Cenotaph, corner of Great South Road and Hill Road.  Service: 10.55am

Contact: Ross Gallagher 0274 999 447

Visit the Fields of Remembrance

To commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day, the Fields of Remembrance Trust has laid out 18,277 white crosses on the Memorial Field, each bearing the name of a New Zealander who lost their life in the conflict.

A separate field, called the Brothers Field, will remember those families who lost more than one family member – nearly 700 mothers lost more than one son. This field is near the lone Gallipoli Pine, surrounded by poppies.

The crosses and light boxes telling stories of war and sacrifice will be on display at Auckland Domain in front of Auckland War Memorial Museum.


9am-9pm, 20 October to 20 November 2018
Where:Auckland Domain, free entry
Contact:Fields of Remembrance Trust, 09 553 2211


For more information on the Armistice Centenary and commemorative events, see:


"As long as we remember, the brave live forever"

Auckland's First World War heritage trail

What you will see on this heritage trail

An elderly couple with a young child looking at a trail information board

The 56 sites on the trail reflect the themes of this commemorative period including:

  • going to war
  • training, administration and defence
  • the home front
  • the economic war effort
  • opposition to the war and enemy aliens
  • rehabilitation and remembrance.

We acknowledge the generous support of local museums, historians, historical societies and individuals in sharing their stories, photographs and research.


How to do the trail

​The trail is not intended to be followed sequentially or as a walking trail.

Instead, we encourage you to visit sites in your own time, to discover places that are relevant to you and your local community, and to learn more about other places in our region.


Get the Auckland's First World War heritage trail brochure

Brochures are also available from your local library or council service centre.


Find out the STQRY

Download the free STQRY smartphone app from the App Store or Google Play. Use QR codes along the trail for more information about each site.

You can also see the information on the STQRY Auckland's First World War heritage trail website.

Returned soldiers parade through Waiuku on foot and horseback in heavy rain, July 1919

Returned soldiers parade through Waiuku on foot and horseback in heavy rain, July 1919 - South Auckland Research Centre, Auckland Libraries (Courtesy of Waiuku Museum Society, 442, Footprints 04579)


Get involved at Auckland Domain

At the Auckland War Memorial Museum

You can get involved and contribute to Auckland's First World War commemorations through the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Auckland War Memorial Museum, a large white building, on an expanse of grass with picnickers

Visit a war memorial gallery, attend a memorial event, or share and contribute to the Online Cenotaph records.

The building itself, a post war project, was built following local fundraising as well as local and central government contributions.

The neo-classical design of the building was the winning submission of a design competition from the architectural firm Grierson, Aimer and Darffin, who were all WWI veterans.