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



Hutt Valley



Kapiti Coast


Wellington Visitor Information Centre
Civic Square, 101 Wakefield Street, Wellington
Phone: 04 802 4860

Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand
‘The cultural meaning of being ‘ogichida’: separating war from the warrior’
Patty Loew, visiting professor and television documentary maker, talks about the role of military service in Native America. Veterans enjoy exalted status in Native communities, but an increasing number of indigenous people are speaking out against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and discouraging their tribal members from joining the armed forces. Loew explores longstanding traditions and fermenting unease about Native America’s role in global conflicts. Dr Loew is a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe and recipient of the Outstanding Service Award of the Great Lakes Intertribal Council. She teaches Native American Environmental Issues and the Media and Digital Video Production at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has produced more than a dozen award-winning documentaries on Native American topics, including Way of the Warrior. (

Friday, 6 June, 12.10pm
National Library Auditorium, entrance off Aitken Street
Contact: Susan Bartel, 04 474 3119 or  (

Department of Conservation
Tour of military sites on Matiu/Somes Island
A personal guided tour of the Island’s many military sites, history, and stories - covering internment camps, anti-aircraft facilities and the naval degaussing range. Sites not usually open to the public will be open and visitors will be able to view military equipment recently returned to the island. Numbers are limited to 40 people each day. Participants will need to arrange their ferry fare to the island and provide their own lunch and refreshments. Good walking shoes and warm/wet weather gear will be needed
Saturday and Sunday 28 and 29 June, 10am-3.30pm
Contacts: Department of Conservation Visitor Centre for bookings, 04 384 777, or Richard Nester, 04 470 8438,

Department of Conservation
Visit the Department of Conservation Visitor Centre
, 18-32 Manners Street, Wellington during June to see a display of some of the military sites managed by DOC, with details about how and where to access them.
During June

 Karori  Historical Society
‘An encapsulated look at the history of Wrights Hill Fortress, Wellington’s best-kept secret in World War II’
A talk by Mike Lee, Wrights Hill Fortress Restoration Society, about the effort put into building a coastal defence battery during World War II to protect Wellington and its environs from possible bombardment or attack by the Japanese. Public welcome.
Tuesday 3 June. 7.45pm
St Ninian’s Hall, corner of Karori Road and Newcombe Crescent, Karori
Contact: ...............

Museum of Wellington
Maggie Papakura and the New Zealand Wars
Paul Diamond, Senior Oral Historian at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, will talk about New Zealand’s famous Maori tour guide, Makereti, known to many as Maggie Papakura. Makereti was born in 1873 at Matata in the Bay of Plenty. In addition to being a guide, she later studied anthropology at the University of Oxford. As the author of the recent biography Makereti: taking Māori to the world, Paul will discuss the impact the New Zealand Wars had on Makereti’s life. 
Sunday 22 June, 2pm
Museum of Wellington, Queen’s Wharf, Wellington
Contact: Jaqui Knowles, 04 496 1944, (

New Zealand Defence Force
Fort Ballance public open day
View the 19th-century coastal defence fortification at Fort Ballance.
Saturday 28 June, 10am-4pm
Fort Ballance, walking access from Mahanga Bay
Contact: Peter Cooke, 04 934 6817,

New Zealand Film Archive in association with the Friends of the Film Archive
The Home Front: Wellington during the war years
Life on Wellington’s home front, captured on film and as seen by our parents and grandparents, from the Anglo-Boer War to World War II.
Thursday 19 June, 7pm. Entry by koha  
NZ Community Trust Mediatheatre, NZ Film Archive, corner of Taranaki and Ghuznee Streets, Wellington
Contact: NZ Film Archive, 04 384 7647 or visit

Old St Paul’s
Bittersweet stories of wartime New Zealand: ‘A Friend in Need’
is an exhibition that provides visitors with a unique insight into life in New Zealand during World War II when thousands of US Marines were stationed throughout the North Island. The exhibition approaches history from a personal perspective and explores links between past times and people’s memories.
Daily throughout June, 10am-5pm
34 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon
Contact: Marie Gillies, 04 473 6722,

Wellington City Libraries
The military in print
Wellington City Libraries presents a display of rare and unusual military-related items from their Rare Book Collection.
Throughout June during Library hours
Second floor, Wellington Central Public Library, 65 Victoria Street, Wellington
Contact - Gábor Tóth, 04 803 8572 or (

Wellington Historical and Early Settlers’ Association
‘Inside Looking’: Jack Gallichan’s wartime diaries
Maureen West, from Victoria University, tells the story of JackGallichan, who maintained a diary as a POW in North Africa, Italy and Germany. He was a writer and editor of various Camp newspapers, including the Tiki Times. Maureen uses Jack's diaries to tell the story of his POW experiences with the men who accompanied him from 1942 - 1945.
Thursday 19 June, 1pm
Museum of Wellington, Queen’s Wharf, Wellington 
Contact: Vonnie Nunns, 04 938 9811, 

Wellington Service Rifle Association
Bolt-action shoot
The club’s activities revolve around shooting military service-issued firearms. A display of firearms and militaria by the Antique Arms Association is also planned for the day.
Sunday 8 June, 9-9.30am start
Deerstalkers rifle range, Kaitoke incline track
Contact: Steve Bain, WSRA secretary, 04 577 2556, (

Wrights Hill Fortress Restoration Society
Open day
Self-guided one-hour tours of the Wrights Hill Fortress in Karori. Enjoy refreshments and wonderful views.
Queen’s Birthday, Monday 2 June, 10am-4pm. Adults $5, Children (under 15) $3, Family (2 adults and 3 children) $15
Access via Karori Road, Campbell Street and Wrights Hill Road. Plenty of free parking,
Contact: Mike Lee (Home.Ph 476-8593 )