11 November is Armistice Day

On this day in 1918, an armistice was signed by the Allies and Germany, signalling the end of the First World War. This disastrous war had seen New Zealand, with a population of 1.1 million in 1914, send 100,000 men and women abroad.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we were unable to host our annual Armistice Day memorial service in 2021. Instead, Auckland RSA hosted a small, private service at the Auckland Cenotaph. On this page, we invite you to commemorate Armistice Day and reflect on the sacrifices made in the hope of securing lasting peace.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff's message for Armistice Day 2021

COVID-19 meant that Mayor Phil Goff acknowledged Armistice Day differently in 2021. Despite these unusual times, he speaks about how we can still remember the courage and sacrifices of those who served and those who have given their lives in military service.

Commemorating Armistice Day differently

In place of our large commemorative service, Auckland RSA hosted a small, socially-distanced wreath-laying event at the Auckland Cenotaph. Representatives laid wreaths on behalf of the people of Auckland, veterans, service personnel and the Museum.

We hope to resume normal service and welcome you back in 2022. Until then, we invite you to see the way we commemorated this important day in-person in 2020 in our image gallery and video.


Bobby Newson

Bobby Newson

Robert Mervyn Clement Newson, best known as Bobby, is one of the most beloved people at Tāmaki Paenga Hira. Late last year, Online Cenotaph's Madison Pine and Victoria Passau sat down with Bobby to discuss his time with the New Zealand Army in Vietnam, and his many other careers.

Bobby has played a large role in commemorations at the Museum, acting as kaumātua at Armistice Day events over recent years.

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Robert Newson, stands at the Court of Honour, Anzac Day.

Armistice Day and our collections

Armistice Day and our collections

Taking effect in the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” in 1918, the armistice signed by the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France would bring the coming of peace. On that day, New Zealand had 58,129 troops in the field, while an additional 10,000 were under training in New Zealand.

Learn more about Armistice Day and view related objects in Collections Online.

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