A range of activities are available for all ages to commemorate the Centenary of World War One.

Unless otherwise stated these events and activities are free to attend.

'Experience of a Lifetime' : Book Launch
Monday 11 April
6pm, Events Central, Central Library
People, Personalities and Leaders in the First World War. John Crawford, David Littlewood and James Watson (EDS).
The First World War is widely perceived as a pointless conflict that destroyed a generation. Petty squabbles between emperors pushed naïve young men into a nightmare of mud and blood that killed millions and left scarred and embittered survivors. The conflict had a formative influence on politicians, writers, artists, union leaders, businessmen and some ethnic minorities, who used their participation to press for equal rights and full citizenship. 

Community Wreath and Flax Poppy Projects
Friday March 11, 18, April 1, 8, 11, 18
2pm - 4pm, Events Central, Central Library
For ANZAC Day 2016 two community lead projects are under way: 

  1. the Community Wreath to be laid on ANZAC Day by the Mayor and a member of the community and
  2. the Flax Poppy installation to be placed around the cenotaph.

You're invited to come and be part of these projects. No experience is necessary, bring yourself and a friend to participate or pick up a pre-made knitting kit.

Learn to digitise your family treasures
Monday 18 April
10am – 11am and 2pm – 3pm,
Second Floor, 
Central Library
Photograph Collection Assistant Heather Glasgow will be available to answer your digitisation questions. If you have slides and negatives you can’t view and printed photographs you can’t share, digitisation is for you. Learn to use the free library equipment for all your scanning needs. Bring a USB memory stick with you.  Bookings preferred, but not essential. 

For King and Country – film screening
Tuesday 19 April
6.30pm – 7.45pm, Events Central, Central Library
Friday 29 April
10.30am, Events Central, Central Library
A 70-minute screening focusing on New Zealand’s experience of the First World War.  The story begins in pre-war New Zealand and follows through to the opening of the New Zealand Memorial at Messines Ridge in 1924.  Presented in conjunction with Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision. 

Wire Happy? The World War ll Shannon Objector Camps
Wednesday 20 April
12noon – 1pm, Second Floor, Central Library
Presenter: Margaret Tate.
Not far from Shannon on the Foxton Road are two farms with concrete foundations in the paddocks. These are the relics of Paiaka and Whitanui, the conscientious objector camps in which 240 men were held in detention during World War Two.  Some well-known New Zealanders spent time there and have left us memories well worth recalling.
Please feel free to bring your lunch.  Tea and coffee will be provided.

Wellington World War I Exhibitions Trip
Thursday 21 April
8am - 5.30pm
Bus trip to visit exhibitions created to mark the World War I centenary: Gallipoli: The scale of our war, at Te Papa, in conjunction with Weta Workshop; Great War Exhibition, created by Sir Peter Jackson, commemorating the role played by New Zealand in the First World War, at the Dominion Museum.  Bring your own lunch or purchase on the day.  Bookings essential: 2nd Floor, Central Library.

Transport cost: Adult $35, Children $20, payable on booking.  Dominion Museum entry $15 adult (16+), payable on the day.  Tours extra.  

ANZAC Day Poppies
Thursday 21 April
10am to 12noon
A family event during the April School Holidays for ANZAC Day.  ANZAC themed stories will be followed by a creative paper or clay poppy craft.

'In their shoes'
Saturday 23rd April
10am to 4pm, Youth Space
Try on authentic WW1 uniforms at the Youth Space.  Take a photo and imagine being called to serve your country.

Family trip to the Engineer Corps Memorial Centre Museum at Linton Army Camp.
Tuesday 26 April
2pm – 4pm
Transport and escort provided by the Central Library.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. Limited spaces available so book now on the 2nd Floor of the Library. 
Gold coin donation, payable on the day to the Museum.

Tea and Tales
Thursday 27 April
10.30-11.30am, Second floor, Central Library
ANZAC biscuits and war stories. A special Tea and Tales with readings from The Battle of Arras and other stories and poems.

'What Lies Beneath' : Exhibition
27 June to 22 July 2016
Central Library

Palmerston North Central Library is proud to host ‘What Lies Beneath’ a literary exploration of the complexities of war. This exhibition, part of a nationwide tour, features a range of dynamic worksby New Zealand children’s authors and illustrators and includes artwork, storyboards, artefacts, and artists’ comments.
Opening 27th June and running until 22 July 2016. 

Chunuk Bair Commemoration Event
The capture of Chunuk Bair on 8 August 1915 was the high point of the action and success by New Zealand soldiers during the Gallipoli campaign. To follow the successful commemorative lecture in 2015, Palmerston North will again mark this significant occasion in 2016. 
Look out for further details of the 2016 event, available closer to the date.




Victoria Blockley-Powell

Marketing & Communications Officer

Palmerston North City Library

Email: Victoria.Blockley-Powell@pncc.govt.nz