• The basis of the museum project is the former Mayor’s residence and headquarters of the Gendarmerie in Le Quesnoy, the largest piece of land under one title within the original town ramparts. Studies by the New Zealand Memorial Museum Trust indicate that it is entirely suitable for the purpose of establishing a New Zealand presence in France, centred in Le Quesnoy

The Great War – Commemorating the Armistice

October 5th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

It’s difficult for us today to absorb the extent of the misery and heartache that was being experienced throughout the length and breadth of New Zealand 100 years ago, as “the guns fell silent” in Europe’s Great War with the signing of the Armistice in the Forest of Compiègne in the Picardy region of France, [...]

  • Memorials large and small, many of them featuring poppies. The war memorial building is in Kaeo and the obelisk is at Mangonui (above)

The Eleventh Hour – Commemorating the Armistice

October 5th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

By the time an armistice between the Allied Forces and Germany was signed on November 11, 1918, more than 18,000 New Zealanders had died. During the four years leading up to that day, WWI – the ‘Great War’, the ‘war to end all wars’ – claimed lives and injured many thousands, physically, psychologically and in some [...]

The Waikato Land Wars

January 27th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

I have to confess that I have driven past the Rewi Maniapoto Memorial in Kihikihi thousands of times and never stopped to take a closer look. Thanks to the Waipa District Council I was taken on a tour of the significant land-war sites around Te Awamutu. Its not difficult to see why Pakeha wanted this [...]