New Zealand Defence Force poster,
Reference No Eph-D-War-WWII-1940-01
Drawings, Paintings and Prints Collection



Hutt Valley



Kapiti Coast



Hutt City i-SITE Visitor Centre Upper Hutt i-SITE Visitor Centre
The Pavilion CBD Towers, 84-90 Main Street
25 Laings Road, Lower Hutt  Upper Hutt

Phone: 04 560 4715

Phone: 04 527 2141

Hutt City Libraries
‘Military Motif’
Photo displays of early militia activities and military involvement in the Hutt. Also book displays of militaria, including uniforms, badges, insignia, strategy and equipment.
Special military heritage items from the Hutt City Council will also be on display at the War Memorial Library. 
Throughout June during normal opening hours (including weekend hours)
War Memorial Library, Queen’s Drive/Woburn Road, Lower Hutt, and all community libraries.
Contact:  Neil Coup, 04 570-3745, (

Lower Hutt Historical Society
A heritage rich in military commitment
A talk by Lower Hutt resident Don McIver, a former Chief of General Staff, New Zealand Army (in the rank of Major General) and currently Executive Trustee, Army Memorial Museum. Don McIver writes: ‘The development of New Zealand’s national identity has been inextricably bound to its military history. There has barely been a period since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi (and even pre-European settlement) when we have not had armed forces engaged in or preparing for conflict or peace-keeping, either at home or abroad. It is a heritage rich in military commitment and sacrifice. I will discuss this proposition in more detail.’
Friday 13 June, 7.30pm
Hutt Valley Horticultural Society Rooms, Laings Road, Lower Hutt (entrance from civic carpark)
Contact: Graeme Ross, 04 565 1992

Petone Historical Society in association with the Petone Library
Petone Old Navals
A photographic display about the Petone Old Navals, who were the first volunteer armed force in the Hutt Valley. They were set up in 1880 with the responsibility of protecting the harbour. Although gazetted as part of Wellington, the Old Navals continued actively as a volunteer group in Petone until the late 1940s.
Monday 9 June to Saturday 21 June, 10am-5.40pm
Petone Library, Britannia Street, Petone
Contact: Roy Hewson, 04 568 6449,

Golder Homestead Museum Society
Upper Hutt sacrifice remembered
A display with first-hand stories of the Golder men who, like thousands of other New Zealanders, served in the two World Wars. The Society pays tribute to the service men and women through photographs and memorabilia. Trentham Camp and Upper Hutt connections are also featured.
Queen’s Birthday Weekend: Saturday 31 May, Sunday 1 June, Monday 2 June and Saturdays 7, 14, 21 and 28 June,, 1.30-4pm.
Golder’s Cottage, 707 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt
Contact: Golder’s Cottage, 04 528 9855,

Greater Wellington Muzzle Loading Club
Sunday shoot
Visitors are welcome to the Club’s regular Sunday shoot and will be supervised. The Club promotes safe firearms’ use. Location map and brochure available.
Sundays throughout June, 9am
Allen Range, Dante Road, Trentham
Contact: 021 292 3761,

Upper Hutt Heritage Trust
our soldiers at Akatarawa Cemetery
Visit the Akatarawa Cemetery and learn more about the military section.
Sunday 29 June, 2pm
Akatarawa Road, Upper Hutt
Contact: Paul Lambert, 04 527 2141 (

Upper Hutt Heritage Trust
Archive afternoon at the library
A talk about the military section of the new photo database.
Sunday 8 June, 2pm
Military books and archives will also be on display at the Library throughout June.
Upper Hutt City Library, 844 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt
Contact: Paul Lambert, 04 527 2141 (

Upper Hutt Heritage Trust
Blockhouse open days
A military history display at the Blockhouse.
Saturdays 7 and 21 June, 1.30-4pm
McHardie Street, Upper Hutt
Contact: Paul Lambert, 04 527 2141 (

Upper Hutt Heritage Trust
military bus trail
Visit the Trentham Military Camp, National Rifle Association, followed by a talk by Sir George Chapman at Trentham Racecourse. Afternoon tea provided.
Sunday 15 June, 2-4.30pm. Cost: $15 – numbers limited
Contact: Paul Lambert, 04 527 2141 (

Silver Stream Railway Museum
Sunday train rides
See the age of steam continue to be maintained and cared for. Train rides in restored carriages of the wartime era, hauled by vintage and veteran steam and diesel locomotives. Also displays of memorabilia and a shop.
Every Sunday, 11am-4pm
Reynolds Bach Drive (off Eastern Hutt Road), Silverstream
Contact: Richard Jonessen, 04 563 7348, (

Wellington Vintage Machinery
Open day
A display of vintage machinery and implements that were used during the World Wars and before. These machines, used in homes, on farms, in hospitals and for industry, were essential for New Zealand’s survival.
Sunday 15 June, 10.00am-3pm. Gold coin donation
155 Mangaroa Valley Road, Upper Hutt
Contact: Bill Pollard, 04 526 9360