Find out more about the full WWI commemorative stamp and coin programme.

The Five-Year Programme

Background

New Zealand Post has chosen to mark the centennial of the First World War (1914-1918) with a five-year stamp and coin programme. Each year’s issue will look at the key events of that year, and the impact of the war on those New Zealanders who served and those who remained at home.

The First World War was one of the most significant events of the 20th Century and had a seismic impact on New Zealand society. Ten percent of our then population of one million served overseas, of which more than 18,000 died and over 40,000 were wounded. Nearly every New Zealand family was affected, with workplaces and communities changed forever by this event.

However, in 1914 the scale and impact of the war was unknown, and when the call came to defend King and Empire, many stepped forward with enthusiasm. For many in that first year of the war, the opportunity to travel across the seas and engage in what was expected to be a short conflict was a huge adventure. It cemented New Zealand’s bond with Great Britain and demonstrated our loyalty to the King, due to the prevailing attitude of where Britain goes, we go.

Find out more about our full WWI commemorative stamp and coin programme.