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Commemorative programme for Passchendaele centenary

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The First World War Centenary Programme (WW100) will mark the Battle of Passchendaele with a national commemorative programme held in Wellington on Thursday 12 October.

The commemorative programme reflects on New Zealand’s involvement in the Battle of Passchendaele between 1 and 18 October 1917, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres.

The Battle of Passchendaele is still known as one of the greatest disasters in New Zealand’s history.

On 12 October 1917, approximately 1860 New Zealand soldiers were wounded and 843 killed. This devastating loss of life remains the highest one-day death toll suffered by New Zealand forces overseas. The tragedy did not end here, with a further 114 men succumbing to their wounds in the following three months.

The commemorative programme is made up of the following official events:

National Commemoration Ceremony, 3pm, Thursday 12 October, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park

Belgian Memorial Unveiling, follows the national commemoration ceremony, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park (approx. 4pm)

Daily Last Post, 5pm, National War Memorial by the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior

Unique reflective event, 6pm, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, featuring the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band

Find out more about the commemorative programme here:

A media release about the commemorative programme and historical images for your use, are available here: Media wishing to attend the commemorations must register no later than 4pm, Monday 9 October.

Registrations should be sent to, with name, position, organisation, email address and mobile phone number. Media must bring photo ID on the day.

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