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Introducing Willie Manson

The opening day of the Battle of the Somme offensive, 1 July 1916, was the worst day in British military history: 20,000 men were killed and another 40,000 wounded. One of those was a talented young New Zealand-born composer, a prize-winning student at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

HMS New Zealand piupiu visits UK

The Royal Navy museum in Britain is displaying the "lucky" Māori piupiu worn by the captain of HMS New Zealand during the Battle of Jutland 100 years ago. (AUDIO)

Brass Poppies performance

Brass Poppies is a chamber opera from the productive relationship of composer Ross Harris and librettist Vincent O'Sullivan. It focuses on the disastrous Gallipoli campaign and the fate of the Wellington Regiment at Chunuk Bair. But it's also the human story Harris and O'Sullivan tell: by giving a voice to the women and families left behind, Brass Poppies becomes a lament for lost and damaged lives. This performance, presented by Tim Dodd with commentary from the composer and librettist was recorded in Auckland's Mercury Theatre as part of Auckland Arts Festival.

Anzac plot accused to plead not guilty

The lawyer for a 16-year-old Sydney boy charged over an alleged Anzac Day terror plot has told a court the teen will plead not guilty to the charge.

Telling the story of a Gallipoli artist

A book is to be published on the life of Gallipoli artist Horace Moore-Jones, best known for 'The Man With The Donkey'.

Anzacs rising

One hundred years ago a group of New Zealand soldiers caught up in the Irish Easter Rising of 1916 had the chance to change history when one had a clear shot of the rebel leader James Connolly.

NZ's fallen remembered around world

New Zealanders have gathered all over the world - from Turkey and France to Jakarta and Iraq - to remember those who served overseas. (COMMENTS)

Sydney teen charged with Anzac Day plot

Security was increased at dawn services in Australia today after a 16-year-old was charged with planning a terrorist act.

Christchurch icon ready to serve again

Christchurch's Bridge of Remembrance was rededicated today, after nearly $7 million in earthquake repairs.

Thousands gather to pay Anzac respects

Thousands of people up and down the country have attended dawn and civic services for Anzac Day. (COMMENTS)

Brett Killington - subterranean WWI

London based Kiwi photographer who has spent a lot of time documenting the subterranean world of New Zealand First World War tunnelers on Europe's Western Front.

Peter Reidy on the Passchendaele Express

KiwiRail CEO on the Anzac Day steam locomotive service running between Petone and Wellington. The engine was originally built by NZ Railways to remember the 447 railwaymen who lost their lives in WWI.

Māori and the New Zealand Wars

New Zealand's own civil war between Māori and the settler government was waged over more than a decade and cost thousands of lives. Mihingarangi Forbes looks back at this turning point in New Zealand history with a mix of interviews, drama and music

Taranaki Wars history left to rot

A dilapidated sign in an overgrown section on the outskirts of Waitara is the only hint to the significance of Te Kohia pā.

War stories inspire speech winner

A Marlborough student's interpretation of one woman's war story was the winning ingredient in a national speech competition.

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Reflections on GallipoliReflections on Gallipoli

Stories and studies of war – a collection of interviews exploring the Gallipoli story from a variety of perspectives.


A century since Chunuk BairA century since Chunuk Bair

Marking the 100th anniversary of the battle at Chunuk Bair.


We will not ceaseThe conscientious objectors

Opposition to compulsory military training and conscription in New Zealand history.


Hands across the sea New ZealandFarthest Flung, Holding Tight

New Zealand, Empire and the Threat of War 1913-1914


Glory in their eyesGlory in their eyes

For many New Zealanders, Gallipoli was to be the biggest adventure of their lives. One that would cost many of them their lives.


Faces of warWorld War One: Up Close and Personal

Events of 100 years ago are brought to vivid life by sound.


An Outbreak of War CommemorationsAn Outbreak of War Commemorations

What is actually being commemorated in the ceremonies to mark WWI and are memories merging with myth.


The War PoetsThe War Poets

A panel discussion about the poetry of the First World War.

WWI Bookclub Dispatches from the FrontDispatches from The Front

Literary commentators Kate Camp, Harry Ricketts, Jane Stafford and Kate Hunter look at literature from the front lines.


WWI Book Club Contemporary booksWWI Book Club - Contemporary books

A panel discussion about contemporary literature dealing with the First World War.


Spectrum at WarSpectrum at War

First World War treasures from deep in the archives of Spectrum.


Farewell ZealandiaFarewell Zealandia

A musical record of people’s hopes and fears, sense of duty, loss and remembrance.


Nga Taonga official LOGO from Aug

Archival audio supplied by Nga Taonga Sound and Vision.