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The Rannerdale World War One Commemorative Centre Regimental Dinner is a premier Christchurch event supported by the New Zealand Defence Force to honour our First World War Veterans.

The Regimental Dinner will be held at the Air Force Museum, Wigram, Christchurch on the 28 February 2015 and will be attended by Chief of Defence Lieutenant General Timothy (Tim) Keating, MNZM, Chief of Army Major General A.D. Gawn, MBE, Her Worship the Mayor of Christchurch Lianne Dalziel along with other dignitaries. 

The Royal New Zealand Ballet is honoured to collaborate with the New Zealand Army Band and distinguished New Zealand composers and choreographers Dwayne Bloomfield, Gareth Farr, Neil Ieremia and Andrew Simmons, in this special programme of works to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli landings.

Alongside classic pieces by Johan Kobborg (Salute, New Zealand premiere), Neil Ieremia and Andrew Simmons will create two world premieres.

From December 2014 to February 2015, Christchurch City Libraries is hosting a World War One Exhibition at Central Library Peterborough, 85-87 Peterborough Street. The Exhibition includes a Uniform, holdall, and a collection of Christmas postcards, menus and cards.

Help us tell the story of Canterbury
at home and at war
during 1914 -1918.

Katie Pickles, Associate Professor in History, University of Canterbury

2pm 12 October 2014 Air Force Museum (45 Harvard Avenue)

Sarah Murray, Curator Human History, Canterbury Museum

11am 12 October 2014 Air Force Museum (45 Harvard Avenue)

Join Te Papa history curator, Kirstie Ross, as she talks about the importance of things in maintaining individual, family and local identities during a conflict that was global and globalising.

The First World War seeped and stormed into every aspect of New Zealander’s lives. The things that survived – a crumpled theatre ticket, a knitting pattern, a crucifix made from rifle cartridges – bring this distant event back into our hands today.

Friday 17 October, 6pm – 7pm
Canterbury Museum

Searching for New Zealand biographical and service details during the First World War

Join a workshop with Christchurch City Libraries staff, who will introduce a range of New Zealand digital resources that will help you unravel the mysteries of your First World War photographs and official records.

Saturday 18 October 3pm – 4pm
Christchurch South Library, South Learning Centre Computer Lab
Bookings essential. To RSVP please phone 941 5140.

Join Te Papa history curator, Kirstie Ross, as she shares about the detective work undertaken to reveal the identities of more than 90 of Te Papa’s ‘Berry Boys’.

Saturday 18 October, 2pm – 3pm
Christchurch South Library, Sydenham Room
Bookings essential. To RSVP please phone 941 5140. You are invited to provide a gold coin donation.

On Sunday 12 October 2014, at the Airforce Museum in Wigram, the Canterbury 100 Team will be on hand to help guide you in finding out more about your First World War past.

Bring in your Great War treasures and meet with experts from across the country who can identify them.