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Cenotaph Stories: Contemporary Reflections Grant

Applications are now closed

He karanga

E ngā Mana, e ngā Reo, e ngā Waka tēnā koutou katoa.
Whakarongo ki te tangi a te Manu nei - “Tui tui tui-tuia”
E rapu ana, e karanga ana – whakarongo mai.

Call for applications

Applications have now closed for the Cenotaph Stories: Contemporary Reflections Grant offered by Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira in partnership with Copyright Licensing New Zealand.

Cenotaph Stories: Contemporary Reflections aims to capture contemporary responses to COVID-19 by exploring the similarities, parallels, and perspectives that emerge from considering the pandemic response in the contexts of peace and conflict, and remembrance and commemoration. The digital / online project will explore the concept that our fight against COVID-19 has been “like a war”.


Online Cenotaph is a military biographical database that acknowledges New Zealand service personnel and enables the public to contribute notes, images and data to individual records. Since 2015, the database has received more than 100,000 contributions. With its 235,000 records, Online Cenotaph enables our visitors to further understand the individual impact that war has had on our nation. It provides an outlet for expression and helps connect our visitors to the past.


We seek innovative responses from emerging authors and creators and interpret these terms broadly. Applicants can come from all walks of life and could be artists, writers, poets, visual-media practitioners, historians, academics, journalists, cartoonists or data analysts. We ask for proposals for one of five grants of $1,000 each.

We are particularly interested in hearing from New Zealand-based writers and creators from iwi Māori and the wider Moana Oceania, as well as those from the disabled, deaf and neurodivergent communities.


Potential target audiences include school-aged and self-directed learners, so we are particularly interested in projects that relate to the proposed New Zealand’s Histories in Schools and Kura curriculum.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 25:  The public lay poppies after the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Auckland Museum on April 25, 2018

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 25: The public lay poppies after the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Auckland Museum on April 25, 2018

Photo by Michael Bradley/Getty Images for Auckland War Memorial Museum© All Rights Reserved


Source material: Works should make use of Online Cenotaph and/or relevant Collections Online records, but need not be limited to these resources.

Length: Works should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words or an equivalent expression in another form.

Language: Works can be written or expressed in any of the languages spoken by any serviceperson recorded on Online Cenotaph.

Publication format: Works will be published in the Cenotaph Stories section of Online Cenotaph on the Auckland Museum website.

Licensing: Works will be openly licensed by default to ensure the possibility of future re-use by the public at large, but if a work contains culturally sensitive material related to te ao Māori and/or Moana Oceania that cannot be openly licensed, we are happy to accommodate it.

Sources and eligibility

This grant has been provided as an outcome of the Special Rounds of Contestable funds provided by Copyright Licensing New Zealand. The funds support short-term projects that have arisen or been developed in response to the changed environment in the New Zealand writing and publishing sector during COVID-19.


  • New Zealand based individuals
  • New Zealanders living overseas
  • Applicants must demonstrate how their proposed project will best utilise the resources of Online Cenotaph and/or Collections Online.
  • Tertiary students or senior secondary students are welcome to apply
  • Staff of Auckland War Memorial Museum are not eligible to apply for this grant

Key dates

Applications close Sunday June 28
Successful applicants notified Friday July 10
Signed agreement returned
Payment of $1,000 (inclusive of GST) on return of signed agreement
Friday July 17
Museum review of draft Thursday August 20
Final Project due Tuesday September 15
Projects published on Online Cenotaph Wednesday September 30

Application form

Please download this form and email it to:

Victoria Passau, Collection Manager, Online Cenotaph