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Cenotaph Stories

  • Chaplain Hekataha Uea and Niue's contribution to WWI

    Georgina White
    Curator, Cenotaph Galleries

    Chaplain Uea was age 40, the oldest of the 150 Niuean men who, keen to help ‘the Kingdom of King George’, joined the New Zealand Maori Contingent. Uea was a natural leader. He was their Sergeant Major and something of a father figure to the Niuean men. Importantly, he was one of the few who could speak English.

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  • Niuean Service Personnel

    List of identified Niuean Service personnel who have service with the New Zealand Armed Forces, during both the First World War, Second World War and later conflicts.

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  • Cenotaph Stories: Contemporary Reflections

    We aim 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.

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  • The Zero: Two men and a plane

    By Gail Romano
    Associate Curator History

    On 15 September 1945 the Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero, flown by Wing Commander Kofoed, landed at Piva airfield in Bougainville. This aircraft is now on display in Auckland War Memorial Museum and the story of its journey here has been widely repeated. However, the story hinges on two men of different nationalities who were each instrumental in the Zero’s acquisition.

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  • Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori translation project 2020

    By Victoria Passau and James Taylor
    Collection Information and Access team

    Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira seeks to be a kaiāwhina (advocate) in the revitalisation and retention of te reo Māori. As a step toward this, we have recently translated our Collections Online and Online Cenotaph user interfaces into te reo Māori.

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  • Corporal William George Lowther: ‘the least visited Kiwi on the peninsula’

    Dr Christopher Pugsley
    LIEUTENANT COLONEL (RETIRED), ONZM, DPHIL, FRHISTS

    Being commemorated at The Farm Cemetery, the most difficult of plots to access, Corporal W Lowther, of Auckland Bnis probably the least visited Kiwi on the peninsula. Chris Pugsley in conversation with his old friends Bill and Serpil Sellars.

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  • A Gallipoli conversation after Anzac Day 2020

    Dr Christopher Pugsley
    LIEUTENANT COLONEL (RETIRED), ONZM, DPHIL, FRHISTS

    Bill and Serpil Sellars are old friends of Chris Pugsley who live in Eceabat (Maidos)– the small village and ferry terminal on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Bill emailed Chris on 25 April 2020. This is part of the discussion that followed and the story that unfolded.

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  • A Morning on Chunuk Bair

    Dr Christopher Pugsley
    LIEUTENANT COLONEL (RETIRED), ONZM, DPHIL, FRHISTS

    On the 8th August 2015, Dr Christopher Pugsley, watched as the sun rose over the Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial and wrote about the legacy of these events one hundred years on. On the 105th anniversary of Chunuk Bair we re-share his touching tribute to all those who were lost on this day.

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  • Treaty of Versailles

    Peace Treaty with a Terrible Reputation
    Glyn Harper Professor of War Studies Massey University

    One Hundred and one years ago, on the 28th June 1919, the Treaty of Versailles was signed. Here, Professor Glyn Harper, of Massey University examines some of the consequences of the 1919 Treaty and challenges the arguments that it was a direct cause of the Second World War. 

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  • Private Te Kuru and the Pioneers

    Private Te Kuru served in the "Pioneers", an important battalion which prepared battlefields for infantry and artillery. Piki carried out this dangerous work at the Western Front in the latter part of the First World War. Explore more of Piki's story.

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