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About Us

We are a New Zealand museum that showcases our nation’s military history – telling the stories of Kiwi soldiers and exploring our participation in major conflicts worldwide.

The National Army Museum Te Mata Toa is a Registered Charitable Trust governed by a Trust Board. Most civilian staff are employed by Defence (Army), with the exception of the commercial activities.

Our mission

To engage New Zealanders with our soldiers stories, history and the development of our Army. To show how these have shaped our identity as a country and our place in the world, thereby helping create a nation which understands and values its military.


Latest news

A great and urgent Imperial service

On a quiet beach in Samoa in August 1914, New Zealand forces went ashore in that century’s first amphibious assault and began what is often referred to as the ‘quiet invasion’ however the story begins just over three weeks earlier. On the night of 6 August 1914, 48 hours after Britain’s entry into World War […]

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VJ Day – The 75th Anniversary end WWII

This year / Today marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, a global conflict which arose as a result of the instability in Europe following the First World War. World War II began with Hitler’s invasion of Poland in September 1939 and ended on 15th August 1945 on VJ Day (Victory […]

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SAS – 65 years of our elite

Who Dares Wins The Challenge Begins… ‘Special’ or ‘Elite’ Forces always conjure up an air of intrigue and mystery combined with an effective ruthlessness that usually results in ‘getting the job done’. The ‘elite’ element of the New Zealand Armed Forces, the New Zealand Special Air Service (NZSAS) were officially formed on 1 May 1955 […]

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