News | 4 April 2016

War stories recorded lest we forget

With Anzac Day approaching, kiwis are reflecting on war-time memories, and our #wellynextdoor caravan wants to record those memories over the next week for posterity.

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The recording caravan will be located near the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, and Wellington City Council is inviting Wellingtonians to share their war-time stories – whatever war, memory, or experience that may be.

Mayor, Celia Wade-Brown, says this is the perfect opportunity to share tales from the past.

“War-time memories are often passed on from generation–to–generation,” she says. “let’s record these stories of our families at home and away to share and learn from.”
Wellingtonians are invited to book a free 15-minute interview slot to record their tales in the caravan from today until 10 April, 2016. The captured stories will be uploaded to the #wellynextdoor website for all to enjoy. 

Community, Sport and Recreation Committee Chair, Councillor Paul Eagle says the project offers people from all backgrounds a chance to reflect on their experiences and record and preserve their unique perspectives on how war affects us all.

“We’re encouraging locals to head to the recording caravan, and recall war-time stories of their experiences or memories of relatives, so they don’t fade from our collective memories.

“Tales of heroism, courage and bravery are equally as important as stories about those who stayed home to hold the fort – so we want to hear all those stories,” says Councillor Eagle. 

With the #wellynextdoor caravan located next to The Great War Exhibition in the Dominion Museum, it’s a good opportunity to experience this remarkable exhibit at the same time.

The Great War Exhibition, created by Sir Peter Jackson and supported by ANZ, tells the story of the First World War in brilliant colour. 

Fran Wilde, Chair, says “Peter Jackson has created a poignant tribute to those who lived through this pivotal time in history. Hundreds of black and white photographs, each painstakingly colourised, bring the trials and tribulations of that time into the modern era and help us to understand the hardships endured by those who served and those who stayed behind.”

The Wellington City Council #wellynextdoor recording caravan will be located next to the Dominion Museum Building from 10am to 4pm, 4–10 April 2016. Book your place for this experience online.