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Commemorate from Home

Unable to attend in-person commemorations? This page brings you a range of additional ways to engage in remembrance. 

For information on this year's in-person services at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, click here.

Lest We Forget Poetry Competition

In 2023, for our annual Lest We Forget poetry competition, writers were invited to respond to the theme of Pause for Thought. The competition was open to all ages, and we received 78 entries. The Museum would like to acknowledge our late sponsor, Michele Mann for her generous support of this programme.

Each of the eight finalists received a $150 Westfield giftcard and a voucher for the Tuitui Museum Bistro & Café.

2023 winners

2023 winners

18+ years age category

  • Julia Banks
  • Christina Cie
  • Edna Heled
  • Annemarie Hutton-Watt


12 – 17 years age category

  • Jaime-Rea Ruiterman
  • Saniya Lal
  • Harini Nellipudi
  • Joy Pillay 


Click through to watch the finalists read their poems at Anzac Day 2023 in the Hall of Memories II.


Things to do

Explore creative ways your household can get involved this Anzac Day

Things to watch

Discover Auckland Museum's original videos

Things to read

As Auckland's War Memorial Museum we work year round to commemorate our service personnel through new articles and stories. 

25 years of Online Cenotaph

25 years of Online Cenotaph

Online Cenotaph has been commemorating the experiences of Aotearoa New Zealand’s military service for more than 25 years. Online Cenotaph is a collection of data relating to Aotearoa New Zealand’s operational military service including personal, biographical, demographic, social and military information. But it is much more than a collection of datapoints.

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Anzac Articles

Read a selection of articles exploring moments in Anzac history, and the personal stories behind them.