WW1 through place names

The New Zealand Geographic Board’s project to research and collect the stories behind New Zealand’s World War One place names; a contribution to New Zealand’s First World War Centenary.

Parade rehersals at Buttes New British Cemetery, Belgium
Parade rehearsals at Buttes New British Cemetery, Belgium.
Image: New Zealand Defence Force

New Zealand’s experiences during WW1 left an indelible impression on the country’s collective consciousness, and influenced the development of our national identity.

New Zealanders have ensured that the memories of that time are not forgotten, commemorating those sacrifices through memorials and events throughout the country. This has included naming places after people and events associated with WW1.

To mark the centenary of WW1, the NZGB has embarked on a project to publish the stories for 30 WW1 place names, and approve 16 WW1 place names as official – with a further place name out for public consultation until 3 July 2015.

The public is invited to participate in this project by letting the NZGB know of any other existing WW1 place names it may have missed. The NZGB will then research and consider making official any other existing WW1 names received from the public.

Contact the NZGB about WW1 names

Check out the WW100 website