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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.

​Auckland's First World War heritage trail

What you will see on this heritage trail

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, your local community and to learn more about other places in our region.

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.

Get a copy of the Auckland's First World War heritage trail

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

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 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 as a result of local fundraising, 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.

Armistice Centenary Commemorations

Join us at the commemorative service, 100 years since the Armistice in 1918. This service is being led by Auckland RSA, please contact them for more information.

When:11am, Sunday 11 November 2018
Where:Cenotaph at Auckland Domain
Contact:Auckland RSA 09 624 0064

Some other RSA's in Auckland will also have local services, please contact your local RSA or look out in the media information closer to the time for further details.

Visit the Field of Remembrance

When:22 October to 21 November 2018 (proposed)
Where:Auckland Domain
Contact:Fields of Remembrance Trust 09 553 2211

To commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of Armistice Day the Fields of Remembrance Trust is setting up over 18,000 white crosses in the grassed area below the cenotaph. Each cross will bear the name of a man or woman who lost their life in the conflict.

This is being lead by the trust, contact them for more information.

Waikumete Cemetery influenza pandemic commemoration service

You can join us for a commemorative service marking the 100th anniversary of the worldwide Influenza Pandemic.

Following the end of the First World War the influenza pandemic arrived in Auckland.

The disease, brought back by servicemen returning home, resulted in the death of over 1,680 people in Auckland (over 8,000 nationally). A third of those who died in Auckland were buried at Waikumete Cemetery between October and December 1918.

Come along and learn how Auckland coped with the pandemic.

When:11am, 30 September 2018

Waikumete Cemetery, 4128A Great North Rd gate entrance

There is a memorial located on the grass berm adjacent to the Anglican E section. However, most graves for influenza victims are not marked, with plots spread throughout the old part of the cemetery.

What would happen today?

An Influenza Pandemic is on the current risk register of Auckland Emergency Management.