Diverse funding for World War One centenary

  • Chris Tremain
  • Christopher Finlayson
Internal Affairs Arts, Culture and Heritage

Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain today announced 30 projects commemorating the centenary of the First World War have been granted $2.7 million in funding by the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board.

“World War One had a considerable impact on New Zealand’s character, identity and sense of place in the world. The New Zealand Lottery Grants Board recognises the importance of this centenary event to our nation and has set aside over $17 million to fund community initiatives and projects,” Minister Tremain said.

“The community projects that have received funding show a diverse range of approaches to the commemorations, which I think demonstrates the wide significance of the war to New Zealanders.

“For example Hamilton City Council is establishing a memorial garden commemorating military personnel who have died in overseas conflicts. Other projects to receive funding include the Tauranga Historic Society for a public lecture series, the Hampden Presbyterian Church for an exhibition and play, the Tui Trust Board for a publication on a member of the Māori Pioneer Battalion and the Cantando Choir to commission and perform a choral work.

“Last year’s decision to expand the eligibility criteria has enabled a wider range of projects to secure funding,” says Mr Tremain.

“For example a Nelson drama group, the Rugby Museum Society and Messines in Belgium  (where a pivotal battle for the New Zealand Division took place) have all received funding.”

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Christopher Finlayson welcomed the decisions, saying increased attendances at Anzac Day services show a growing interest and understanding amongst New Zealanders of the sacrifices made in all armed conflicts.

“The lottery funding will enhance commemorations for everyone regardless of where they live in New Zealand. The First World War centenary commemorations will be significant and will take place over several years. Projects funded through the lottery grants will sit alongside a wide range of activities and events, including those being organised through the official centenary commemoration programme.”

Mr Finlayson last year established the First World War Centenary Panel to steer an extensive programme to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War. The Panel provided advice and assistance to the Lottery World War One Commemorations, Environment and Heritage Committee on its decisions.

The Committee also awarded one grant of $3.6m to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa from the "projects of national significance" pool for a multi-media exhibition.

The full list of decisions from the first and second round are available as PDFs. Further information can also be found at  www.communitymatters.govt.nz

Lottery World War One Commemorations, Environment & Heritage Grants

World War One Community Pool                 

Meeting: 17 October 2013

                                       Client Name





Tauranga Historic Society Inc


Public lecture series on WW1 themes ‘Sons of the Empire: from the utmost ends of the earth. New Zealand in World War One’.


Hampden Presbyterian Church Steering Group


Exhibition & play based on local WW1 experiences.


The Tui Trust Board


Historical research and publication on member of the Maori Pioneer Battalion – ‘The Last Maopo’.


Eastbourne Memorial Returned Services Association


Historical research and publication on the Eastbourne RSA and the district’s links with WW1.


Cantando Choir Inc


Commissioning and performance of a choral work to commemorate centenary of WW1.


Central Hawkes Bay Settlers Museum


WW1 exhibition & research on Roll of Honour.


Alexandra District Museum Inc trading as Central Stories


Exhibition of WW1-related stories.


Expressions Arts and Entertainment Trust

Upper Hutt

Exhibition on Trentham Military Camp.


Rangitikei District Council


Digitisation of WW1-related records from the District’s museums and DVD.


Woodville Pioneer Museum


Film sharing experiences of locals whose family members went to war; and WW1-themed exhibition.


Ōtaki Heritage Bank Preservation Trust


WW1-themed exhibition with local focus


Rotorua District Council


WW1 Exhibition – ‘My Grandfather’s War’


Dramatix Theatre Development Trust


Anzac Weekend Commemorative event


New Zealand National Maritime Museum Trust Board


Restoration of the Nautilus, a launch seconded to the NZ Army during WW1.


Tasman Bays Heritage Trust


Development of WW1 exhibition, events and programmes in region.


Riverton Heritage & Tourist Centre Board


Interpretive display to commemorate WW1 casualties and effect on the Western Southland District.


Whanganui Regional Heritage Trust


Whanganui WW1 centenary programme – 5 events / projects including a roadshow, an exhibition, a newsletter, digitisation of WW1 correspondence and photographs of honours boards and memorials.


South Otago Historical Society Inc


WW1 exhibition in collaboration with Heritage Association in New Caledonia exploring trans Pacific themes.


Warbirds over Wanaka Community Trust


Free public aviation show of WW1 planes with commentary and land-based displays.


Rugby Museum Society of New Zealand Inc

Palmerston North

Research & development of exhibition ‘Balls, Bullets and Boots’ exploring WW1 issues through a rugby theme.


Dunedin Public Art Gallery


Exhibition of Laurence Aberhart photographs of WWI memorials.


Messines Town Council


Website and downloadable app;& construction of monument commemorating NZ soldier from WW1.


Queen Elizabeth II Army Memorial Museum


Digitisation of WW1 personal and official photographs.


Whangarei Museum and Heritage Trust


WW1-themed exhibition.


Mosgiel Memorial RSA Inc


Fit-out of WW1 Commemorative library / museum.


Hamilton City Council


Establishment of memorial garden commemorating military personnel who died in overseas conflicts.


Waikato Museum


WW1-themed exhibition ‘For Us They Fell’.


Gisborne District Council


Restoration of Gisborne Cenotaph.


Royal New Zealand Navy Museum Trust Board Inc


Construction of WW1 Commemorative Space and development of WW1 Resource Centre




Lottery World War One Commemorations, Environment & Heritage Grants

World War One National Significant Pool

Meeting: 17 October 2013

                                       Client Name





Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa


Multi-media WW1 exhibition







A decision was made by the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board in mid-2012 to expand the then Lottery Grants Board Environment and Heritage Committee to become the Lottery World War One Commemorations, Environment and Heritage Committee.

The decision meant that funding was made available to support community events, activities and capital projects associated with commemorating the centenary of the First World War.

The board set aside $10 million for projects of national significance and $7.2 million for community projects and events.  The final funding round is now open and closes on 20 November 2013.  Applications to this round will be considered in April 2014. All applicants to the fund must show they have a community purpose and can provide a benefit to New Zealand.

The First World War Centenary Panel was established by the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage in July 2012 as an advisory group to help steer what will be an extensive programme to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War. There is more information about the programme on the website WW100.govt.nz.