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Cenotaph Stories

  • Manava Toa: the Cook Islands in WW1

    Tūrou Tūrou `Oro Mai. Over 500 Cook Islanders fought for New Zealand in the WWI. They served with distinction but suffered great loss. Find out more about these courageous servicemen.

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  • Ngāpuhi Nursing Sisters

    By Ella Johnson
    Collection Technician, Research Support

    Find out more about the Ngāpuhi Nursing Sisters, who organised themselves using the military ranks and traditions of the New Zealand Army to contribute to New Zealand's War effort during the South African War of 1899 - 1902.

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  • Kāre e ngaropōina ia mātou a rātou e tuātau `uātu

    By William Kainana Cuthers
    Researcher and Academic Writer

    In celebration of Cook Islands Language Week William Cuthers Researcher and Academic Writer has written a piece celebrating the language of the Cook Islands and commemorating the service of the Cook Islands ancestors who served. He is introduced by Arerangi Tongia

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  • Nada Florence Priest

    Auckland Museum

    Nada Florence Priest was born on 1 June 1922, at Waihou, New Zealand. Raised on a farm, she attended Te Aroha College, and afterwards worked for a short time for a local timber merchant. She joined the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAACs) on 6 June 1943.

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  • The Pacific War - 75 years on

    By Dan Millar and Madison Pine
    Collection Technicians Research Support

    In commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day, we have put together some of the stories of the men and women of all of New Zealand's forces who served during the Pacific War.

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  • Goldfish Club

    By Madison Pine
    Collection Technician, Research Support

    Their Club Motto is "Gold for the value of life. Fish for the Sea," they joined by ditching an aircraft into a body of water. These are the stories of the Goldfish Club.

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  • Our Coastwatchers

    Geraldine Warren and Madison Pine
    Collection Information and Access team

    Coastwatchers were the eyes and ears for New Zealand throughout the Moana Pacific, during the Second World War. This is the story of the Coastwatchers, and of John Jones who fought for official recognition of their service. *Please be aware this article does contain sensitive material relating to the Tarawa Massacre*

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  • McNeil Brothers on Gallipoli

    Gail Romano
    Associate Curator, Human History

    In commemoration of the 105th anniversary of Chunuk Bair, Associate Curator Gail Romano reflects on the lasting legacies of the McNeil Brothers, and how often the way into the lives of those who are lost to the past is through the material objects they have left behind.

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  • 70th Anniversary of the Korean War

    By Daniel Millar and Madison Pine
    Collection Technician, Online Cenotaph

    The 25th of June 2020 marks the 70th Anniversary of the commencement of the Korean War. Collection Technician Dan Millar looks at the contribution New Zealand service personnel made during Korea, a conflict of fire and ice.

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  • A journey to the archives

    Victoria Passau, Collection Manager Online Cenotaph

    Online Cenotaph is shifting its Collection objectives to focus on non-Army records as well as more recent conflicts. This article outlines our journey to the Wellington archives.

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