Our Memorial Discovery Centre, Pou Maumahara, is a place for visitors to research and make personal discoveries about New Zealand servicemen and women. 

Pou Maumahara

Memorial Discovery Centre

Pou Maumahara

Pou Maumahara is home to Auckland Museum's Online Cenotaph. Visitors can explore the stories behind photos, diaries and military collections and contribute further knowledge and information to create a legacy for future generations.

Hundreds of unique New Zealand war medals are on display, each one connected to an individual story. Explore the stories of these medals and their recipients through digital interactives.

The Discovery Centre is staffed by our very knowledgeable volunteers and space is provided for people to plug in laptops, sit down with books and soak up the rich history around them.

For Library Services hours over the Christmas and New Year period, vist our Plan your visit page.

Tohutoa Medals Search

Tohutoa Medals Search

Tohutoa Medals is home to the Museum's medal collection. Instead of keeping them out of sight, many of the Museum's medals are stored here. These include campaign medals, orders, decorations, and related service medals. 

Click through to begin your medals search, and to read into some fascinating stories behind some of the medals in our collection. 


New additions

New additions

Six large posters installed in the gallery acknowledge the contribution made by Chinese and Indian New Zealanders to New Zealand's First World War military effort. They served with honour. 

We'd like to acknowledge the New Zealand Chinese Association Inc. and the New Zealand Indian Central Association Inc. for their contributions. 

"Let us remember the Chinese New Zealand service men and women who served their communities and their country. When people think about New Zealanders who served in the war, most don't think of you. But right at this moment, you're in our memories. Thank you." 

- Richard Leung, Chairman, New Zealand Chinese Association Auckland Inc. 

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