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He Pou Aroha Community Cenotaph

Legacy Project, 2015–2018

The He Pou Aroha Community Cenotaph project was associated with the WW100 commemoration period that took Online Cenotaph to communities around the country between 2015 and 2018. The project received the ServiceIQ New Zealand Museums Award for Project Excellence in 2019. This page is not current and will no longer be updated.

He Pou Aroha Community Cenotaph outside Auckland War Memorial Museum in the Auckland Domain.

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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

The kiosks allowed users to upload images to Online Cenotaph records.

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

The digitisation kiosks allowed you to search Online Cenotaph, lay a virtual poppy against a specific person’s name and contribute additional information to the database. Each kiosk contained an object photo booth that enabled 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 provided access to Online Cenotaph at community venues and events. Over 65,000 people 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.

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

An artefact digitisation unit (ADU) being used in Kumeu.

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