National Army Museum, Waiouru, New Zealand : Military History & Army War Museum

World War I Battlefield Plans Unveiled

Plans to build a life-size World War One battlefield in Waiouru were unveiled on 24th June at a function held by the National Army Museum in Wellington. The battlefield is being designed with the generous creative assistance of Sir Peter Jackson who spoke to endorse the project, the only one of its kind anywhere in the world.

The function was attended by 120 guests who came to celebrate the work of the Museum, past present and future and a model of the Battlefield was unveiled for the first time. It showed that the finished venue will be a Western Front fighting field with trenches, bogged down tanks, crashed planes and all the detritus of a very gruesome war.

National Army Museum Director Jeanette Richardson says that she is delighted to see the model as it clearly shows what a unique feature the Battlefield will be. “Many military museums around the world are in suburban areas and are not able to create such an amazing space on their back door steps. This offering will provide a fantastic experience to the people of New Zealand and visitors to our shores”. she went on to say…”We are very grateful to Sir Peter and his team for their special involvement and guidance and to the New Zealand Army for their planning prowess and moral support that is helping to bring this vision to life”.  

Sir Peter Jackson helped launch the project by saying “no other museum in world can do this. No one’s got a backyard like we have, it’s going to be fun! We’ll make it good!”

The battlefield plans to be opened in 2016 to coincide with the anniversary of the WWI Western Front battles.