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Manatū Taonga - Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Massey University, the New Zealand Defence Force and the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association (RSA) have joined forces to produce a series of authoritative and accessible print histories on New Zealand and the First World War.

Updated Progress Report

Updated Progress Report

The works in the Centenary History Programme will cover the major campaigns in Europe and the Middle East, New Zealanders’ contributions in the air and at sea, the experiences of soldiers at the front and civilians at home, the Māori war effort, and the war’s impact and legacy.

Developing the Centenary History programme

The Centenary History Programme is being developed under the guidance of a governance group chaired by Gerald Hensley CNZM and Professor Brigid Heywood, Head of Research at Massey University.  The group includes Manatū Taonga Chief Historian Neill Atkinson, the RSA Chief Executive, Defence Force Historian John Crawford, Massey University Professor of War Studies Glyn Harper QSM, and other representatives of the four agencies.


Subject to funding and available authors, other planned volumes may cover: 

  • New Zealanders serving in other Forces

Read the full publication list here


Information released through the Palmerston North Area Defense History / Heritage Advisory Group. For more information about this group, contact Glyn Harper, Professor of War Studies, Massey University,