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.
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.
- New Zealand and the First World War (a general illustrated history) - Damien Fenton - published 2013
- The White Ships, New Zealand's First World War Hospital Ships - Gavin McLean - published 2013
- New Zealand’s WW1 heritage sites - Imelda Bargas and Tim Shoebridge
- The soldier’s experience - Glyn Harper
- The New Zealand Expeditionary Force - John Crawford
- The Western Front - Ian McGibbon
- The Māori experience - Monty Soutar
- New Zealand's War at Sea - Gavin McLean
- New Zealand and the Air War - Adam Claasen
- The Home Front - James Watson
- The War against the Ottoman Turks - Damien Fenton
- New Zealand Medical Services in the War
Subject to funding and available authors, other planned volumes may cover:
- New Zealanders serving in other Forces
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, G.J.Harper@massey.ac.nz