Pakanga me ngā Kararehe – Animals at War

  • Terms 1-4
  • $7 per student (or $3 when in-conjunction with another lesson)
  • National Army Museum OR E-Learning Outreach
  • 60 minutes
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This programme is for the following year groups: ECE, Year 1-3, Year 4-6, Year 7-8.

Animals have been involved in and played a major role alongside New Zealanders in conflicts all around the world. Some of the stories you will hear give an insight to how important these animals were. We look at the huge variety of animals (and even insects) involved, their roles, friendships, and the loyalty they showed.

Explore the museum with us to follow some of the stories of the different animals involved, and finish with a special story and activity in our classroom, Te Akomanga @ 81.


Animals at War Codebreaker

Try out this Animals at War Codebreaker to reveal the secret message.

Animals at War Stories

Find out about the brave animals who’ve helped our New Zealand soldiers with our Animals at War stories below.

Watch this clip to find out about a special Animal at War, a very lucky horse:  The Only One to Return

Click on one of the thumbnails to view an Animals at War story.


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