Explore New Zealand’s military history and check out the latest museum news, events and exhibits, plus details of our latest acquisitions.
- Tears on Greenstone Roimata Pounamu Memorial
- Gallipoli TV Documentary
- Golf Fundraiser
- Museum Recognised as a Responsible Tourism Operator
- New Registrar for the Museum
- Wings Over Wairarapa
- Countdown to New War Horses Exhibition
- Army Museum Embraces New Smart Phone Technology
- New Home For Army Museum Medal Collection
- Thames Gifted a Piece of Military History
For the past 34 years, one of the National Army Museum’s most important roles continues to be that of a memorial to over 30,000 men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country.
In 1995 the museum constructed the Tears on Greenstone – Roimata Pounamu memorial wall. The Greenstone Wall, arguably the largest man-made greenstone structure in the Southern Hemisphere, was designed to commemorate the war dead of the New Zealand Army, Air Force, Navy and the Merchant Marine. It is a unique interpretation of the New Zealand Roll of Honour and a distinctly New Zealand Memorial, as the wall includes some 430 tiles of cut greenstone (nephrite jade).
The documentary airs on Sunday 21st April 8.35pm on Prime.
The tournament has been running for 33 years and has raised in excess of $235,000 for the Museum. A special thanks to the organising committee.
The assessment areas include: energy efficiency, waste management, water conservation, conservation and community activities.
Museum Marketing Manager, Nicola Bennett said, “we continue to work hard to minimise our environmental footprint by identifying ways we can reduce our waste and energy use. We are thrilled to be recognised for our efforts with a silver rating, an improvement on our bronze award from the year before.”
The next airshow will be held in 2015 on Wellington anniversary weekend and the Museum is already planning its display with perhaps and anti-aircraft display. See our Facebook page for more photos of the airshow including the Mosquito.
Over 20,000 New Zealand horses left the peaceful green pastures of home to be shipped across the world to foreign soils for two wars. Some did not survive the long sea journey while the rest took the troops into battle.
They survived on meagre rations and endured the heat and flies on the veldt or in the desert, through to the snow and mud on the Western Front. Some succumbed to disease and others to their battle wounds. When the guns were silenced only five would return home.
“Harnessed: New Zealand’s War Horses” tells their story.
Those who own a smart phone can now enjoy a value added experience at the National Army Museum. We are offering new audio tours to communicate engaging stories about artefacts not otherwise told within the current displays.
Customers with smart phones are able to access these stories by downloading a simple free phone application. Once the application is open visitors can scan a code on the front of the display case within the museum to access the stories.
The Stqry phone application also supports many different languages. Marketing Manager, Nicola Bennett said “Our aim is to enhance the visitor experience at the museum and these stories are doing just that. We hope to continue to expand what we have on offer to include extras like a behind the scenes look at our different collections and other self guided tours.
The repository houses the Army Museum’s full medal collection and allows families of soldiers and the public to see many icons of New Zealand’s military history.
The 16th of August was chosen as the date of the opening becuase it is a special anniversary for one of New Zealand’s most decorated heroes.
The 25-pounder was legendary during World War II, considered as possibly the best field gun of the war.
This Ordnance Quick Firing 25-pounder, originally on long term loan to the Thames RSA before it closed down, became the standard field gun for all of the British and Commonwealth Forces during World War II, and was later used by the Kiwis in Korea.
Check out the latest New Zealand military history news and events for the National Army Museum.