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Great War Stories

This page includes links to five sets of seven videos produced and directed by Anna Cottrell of AC Productions that were screened on TV3 News (now Newshub) in early August 2014, 18–24 April 2015, 18-24 April 2016, 19-25 April 2017  and 19–25 April 2018 as part of the Great War Stories series.  For each video we've added more information about the story and links to related research sources and media items.  Find out more about the Great War stories project on the WW100 website.

Latest story (screened 25 April 2018): Leslie Averill and the liberation of Le Quesnoy

View and find out more about this Great War Story here

Previous Great War Stories

Series five (April 2018)


Series four (April 2017)


Series three (April 2016)


Series two (April 2015)


Series one (August 2014)



Videos: Produced and directed by Anna Cottrell, AC Productions for MediaWorks Newshub. Made with the support of NZ On Air. See full video credits for series one (August 2014); for series two (April 2015); series three (April 2016); series four (April 2017) and series five (April 2018).

Research and scripts for the August 2014 and April 2015 series: Ministry for Culture and Heritage; for the April 2016, April 2017 and April 2018 series: AC Productions.

Images, historic video and further sources: Archives New Zealand and National Library of New Zealand.