New Zealand involvement in war

Image: Wounded at Cassino, March 1944 by Peter McIntyre on Flickr

We have selected these online resources to support you when you need information relating to New Zealand’s involvement in wars including Vietnam, Korea, Afghanistan, Iran and peacekeeping missions. SCIS 1616564

See also: Anzac and Anzac DayGallipoli; New Zealand First World War Battles

Digital New Zealand

This site provides access to thousands of pictures, video, sounds and objects from New Zealand museums, libraries, galleries, archives and private institutions. To discover sets and items use the search term NZ Involvement in War

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary


This National Library database has a large range of newspaper and journal articles covering the conflicts New Zealand has been involved in since WW2. See the guide to using Index New Zealand.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


To discover information on the school work site ManyAnswers use the search term wars.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

NZ Army Museum

Listing all wars that New Zealanders have fought in or those that have been deployed areas of conflict  for peacekeeping humanitarian aid. Start with a look at the Tears on Greenstone memorial which stands sentry to the museum and has a veil of water desending symbolising tears of mourning and renewed life. Information about Afghanistan which the soldiers provided security and support to the locals 

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

New Zealand's First World War centenary commemorations

Find out here what projects and activities will take place in relation to WW100 - the centenary of New Zealand's participation in the First World War.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary.

New Zealand Military Historical Society Inc.

Under this site are links to other New Zealand military archives.

Suggested level: secondary.

New Zealand Onscreen

Film clips available on the topic on this site, for example:

Suggested level: secondary

NZ History

Information about New Zealand and its history in conflicts here and overseas.Also see New Zealand and its history in world conflict

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Peacekeeping Missions

In 1945 the United Nations was created and given the mandate to ‘save succeeding generations from the scourge of war’. The New Zealand government uses the term peace support operations, and Afghanistan was the largest deployment of personal since Vietnam

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Services to Schools- First World War Resource guide

Quality online information about the First World War and its centenary. You’ll find links to a wide range of items including images, articles, websites and databases. In total they detail the many perspectives of New Zealand’s involvement in the war.

Suitable for teachers and students

Te Ara

The online encyclopaedia Te Ara presents a detailed picture of the wars and conflicts New Zealand has been involved in.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Le Quesnoy: the story of the town New Zealand saved, by Glyn Harper, 2012 (picture book)
My marine, by Phyllis Johnston, 2001 (YA fiction)
When the war came home, by Sarah Ell, 2002 (YA fiction)


Fast Facts - New Zealand: The First World War, by Auckland Museum Youtube 1.45

New Zealand in World War 2: Defence in Pacific Region, NZ Army & Allied Forces 1940's - Bel99TV Youtube 8.58