Regional Fields of Remembrance Project

World War I Centenary

Four regional Fields of Remembrance in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin will be established at ANZAC Day each year until 2018. They will consist of a named cross for every New Zealander from that region who served in that regions regiment and died in service that year. For those who served in other units every effort has been made to place them in their home region. Red poppies symbolising hope and regrowth are placed by every cross.
The numbers will increase progressively each year until there is a cross for every soldier killed in World War One.

On Armistice Day 2018 to commemorate the ending of the First World War there will be a field of 18,277 crosses in the Auckland Domain. 
 
"Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives... You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace ... you, the mothers, who sent their sons from faraway countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well."
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the first leader of the Republic of Turkey, 1934
 
Crosses and poppies
Wellington Field of Remembrance 

The 2015 Field was established in the Botanic Gardens. 866 named crosses commemorated the men and women from the Wellington region who died in 1915.

In 2016 a further 964 crosses were added named for those who died in 1916.

In 2017 a further 1570 crosses were added named for those who died in 1917

 
Crosses with a background of Autumn trees
Christchurch Field of Remembrance

The 2015 Field was established in Cranmer Square. 632 named crosses commemorated the men and women from the Canterbury region who died in 1915. 

In 2016 a further 825 crosses were added named for those who died in 1916.

In 2017 a further 1406 crosses were added named for those who died in 1917.

 
 
Crosses and the Museum at Dawn
Auckland Field of Remembrance

The 2015 Field was established in the Auckland Domain. 814 named crosses commemorated the men and women from the Auckland region who died in 1915. 

In 2016 a further 857 crosses were added named for those who died in 1916.

In 2017 a further 1446 crosses were added named for those who died in 1917.


 
2016 Dunedin Field of Remembrance
Dunedin Field of Remembrance

The 2015 Field was established in the Oval, Princess Street. 697 named crosses commemorated the men and women from the Otago region who died in 1915. 

In 2016 a further 795 crosses were added named for those who died in 1916.

In 2017 a further 1263 crosses were added named for those who died in 1917.
 
 
 
ABOUT US

The Fields of Remembrance Trust was established in 2012 to honour those who served and died for our nation during World War One.

The Trust is made up of the Passchendaele Society, the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association, New Zealand (RNZRSA) representIng all local RSAs, and the Auckland RSA. It is a registered charity.