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As part of a national project being organised by the Fields of Remembrance Trust the Timaru WWOne Centenary Committee are producing 1,500 white crosses.

The crosses represent every man and woman from the region who died in the First World War.

The crosses will be on display in various sites throughout South Canterbury when they are completed and will be a major feature in Anzac Day commemorations in South Canterbury.

There will be 100 riders for the 100 year anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. 52 of these riders will be dressed in full military uniform representing the 52 soldiers from this area who didn't return home.

Friday 24th April 2015 - Day 1 - Will see us all assembled near "The Peaks Hall" for an introduction, run through with the organisers re: rider placement, formation etc. Riders, support crew and horses will stay over night in their own tents / horse floats etc. All food will be provided for them. There will be more info provided on this once we have our rider numbers. 

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)

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.