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WWI gallery opening at Auckland War Memorial Museum

Published: 10 October 2017
  • 1914 NZ's first victory by Andrew Burdan
  • Trench illustration by Andrew Burdan

On October 10th, Auckland War Memorial Museum opened a new gallery, Pou Kanohi New Zealand at War, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele, an enduring legacy of the First World War centenary period.

More than 18,000 lives were lost in WWI, and it remains one of the most significant events of the 20th century.

Pou Kanohi New Zealand at War

It’s the Museum’s first dedicated war memorial space aimed at educating young people about the War and contemplating why 100 years on, it’s still relevant.

The interactive gallery is a public learning resource aligned with the school curriculum, aiming to make this significant event in New Zealand history relevant for young people today.

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Pou Kanohi New Zealand at War is the second gallery to be redeveloped as part of an ongoing programme to renew the heritage features of the museum building and revitalise a third of Auckland Museum’s gallery spaces. 

Auckland Museum Director Dr David Gaimster says, “This museum is Auckland’s war memorial, built by the people of Auckland to honour those who lost their lives."

"Pou Kanohi New Zealand at War shares that experience with the next generation, making sure the memory and lessons of the First World War, which affected so many New Zealanders, is never lost.”