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Community Cenotaph

Offsite and Online
Various locations until 2018

Look out for our roadshow unit in your community as we come to discover, connect and share stories of those who served.

He Pou Aroha Community Cenotaph

Bradley, Michael. Getty Images. © Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira.

Contribute to Online Cenotaph in your community

Do your part and contribute to Online Cenotaph by adding information, digitising documents, letters, medals, photographs and war memorabilia relating to those who have served. These items and information will be uploaded to the database to create a lasting memory for future generations.

Online Cenotaph

Online Cenotaph is a comprehensive online hub for stories of New Zealand service personnel; it currently contains approximately 127,000 records in total with around 99,000 biographical records relating to WWI. Auckland Museum needs the help of communities throughout NZ to enhance these records further.

Innovative, purpose-built, digitisation kiosks

Scan in your photograph to upload Online Cenotaph.

Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira.

He Pou Aroha, Community Cenotaph provides portable digital access to Online Cenotaph using innovative purpose-built digitisation kiosks.

The digitisation kiosks allow you to search Online Cenotaph, lay a virtual poppy against a specific person’s name and contribute additional information to the database.

Each kiosk contains an object photo booth that enables you to digitise your family's war related items such as medals, diaries, letters and more, within minutes.

The digitised objects are immediately uploaded to the relevant service person’s Online Cenotaph record for the world to see and future generations to remember.


He Pou Aroha provides access to Online Cenotaph at community venues and events. Over 65,000 people have discovered their connection using one of our custom-designed digital kiosks.
Dig out the photographs and objects that belonged to family and friends who served and bring them along to scan and upload at one of the locations below. Your contribution will provide a lasting legacy for generations to come.



Auckland Central Library Until November 30
Ngaruawahia Library Until June 2
Taupo Library Aug 1 - Sep 14
North Auckland Research, Takapuna Library Until October 30
Whakatane RSA Until November 30
Te Ahu Museum, Kaitaia Aug 17 - Nov 16
Kawerau Library & Museum Sept 24 - Nov 16
West Auckland Historical Society Every Saturday Sep 28 - Oct 15
Rotorua Library Oct 19 - Nov 23

The mobile roadshow unit is visiting events within the former Auckland Province, from Cape Reinga to Taupō, and individual kiosk units are also available in libraries, community groups and centres, museums and RSAs.

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira

Come and meet with us at our next event or drop in to one of the organisations hosting an Artefact Digitisation Unit.


Get involved

If you are interested in hosting He Pou Aroha Community Cenotaph in your local community, please email:

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