Military medals

New Zealand soldier Charles Upham is one of only three people to be awarded the Victoria Cross twice, for his courageous actions during the Second World War.

Part of story: Military medals

Parades and protest marches

Since colonial times New Zealanders have taken to the streets to celebrate success or promote causes.

Part of story: Parades and protest marches

Television advertising

Television arrives

Part of story: Advertising

Shopping hours

Early legislation

Part of story: Food shops

The fair society

Freedom, equality and security

Part of story: Political values

First World War

In the Great War, as the First World War was known at the time, 5% of New Zealand’s military-age men died.

Part of story: First World War

Western Front, 1918

At the beginning of 1918 New Zealanders feared that their sacrifice might be in vain, as Germany appeared to be winning the war.

Part of story: First World War

Staying in Britain

Intimate strangers

Part of story: Kiwis overseas

Economic reform from 1984

The 1984 Labour government introduced an extensive programme of economic reforms.

Part of story: Spending in the economy

Voluntary welfare organisations – overview

In New Zealand, people in need receive help from a number of sources, including family assistance, informal community aid, and through the more formal mechanisms of the state and voluntary organisations.

Part of story: Voluntary welfare organisations

War and sport

New Zealand wars

Part of story: New Zealand identity