WWI commemorations launched in Kiwi capital

The faces and stories of Wellington’s World War I soldiers are decorating city walls as the New Zealand capital enters into a five-year period of commemoration that involves some of the city’s top filmmaking talent.

This week (11-18 October 2014) marks the 100th anniversary of the departure of the first ships from Wellington to the European battlefields in the First World War. On 16 October, 1914, 10 troopships left Wellington carrying more than 8,000 New Zealand soldiers – the main body of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force that fought in WWI.

Live sized images

Wellington - Lest We Forget has seen a series of life sized images of 10 Wellingtonians pasted around the city near the places they lived, worked and went to school. Three prominent city centre buildings have also transformed into screens for three nights, as archival footage and photographs from 100 years ago are projected onto their facades.
Lest We Forget offers locals and visitors a chance to go back in time and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the brave souls who were involved in New Zealand’s war effort,” says curator and concept designer Anna Dean.
Lest We Forget marks the beginning of a series of interactive events and developments commemorating those involved in the war effort.

Weta involvement

The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is working closely with Oscar-winning Weta Workshop to develop a Gallipoli-themed exhibition. Gallipoli: The scale of our war draws on real people and real stories from Gallipoli. Meanwhile Oscar-winning director Sir Peter Jackson is designing a new World War I museum at Wellington's Dominion Building.
Both exhibitions will open in April 2015, coinciding with the completion of the National War Memorial Park. The Dominion Building exhibit will remain open throughout the centenary period to 2019, while the Te Papa exhibition will also run for the commemoration period.
The National War Memorial Park is being developed as the Government’s key project to acknowledge the centenary and will be the centrepiece of Anzac Day commemorations in 2015, says Positively Wellington Tourism (PWT) Chief Executive David Perks.
Memorial Park will be part of a Memorial Precinct, including the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, National War Memorial, the Hall of Memories and the National Carillon.