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Anzac Day and remembrance


Just over 100,000 New Zealanders served overseas in the First World War, many of them young men who had never left home before. More than 18,000 died as a result of the war and over 40,000 more were wounded. War has played a defining role in shaping our nation since we first sent troops overseas to South Africa in 1899. As the centenary of the the First World War (2014-18) approaches, this area of The Classroom will grow into a vital source of information for teachers and as an education channel for WW100, the official programme of commemoration for the centenary of New Zealand’s involvement in the First World War.