Retirees from the Board

Posted on March 31st, 2018

On Wednesday 14th March the current Board & partners met for a jovial evening at the Wine Chambers Restaurant to celebrate all of our achievements over the past 7 1/2 years. Two founding Board members have retired, including Ken Young (Commemorations Director, back row, 2nd from right) and Chris Mullane (Vice President & Memorial & Garden Project Director, front row right). Iain McKenzie (front row left) also stepped down as President, but is staying on the Board as immediate Past President.







A huge thank-you to these three hardly suffices for all the hard work they have put into the Passchendaele Society.

The Society was set up in 2011 to:

  • Increase community awareness of New Zealand’s history in the First World War at Passchendaele and the Western Front
  • Educate younger generations of New Zealand about this history
  • Honour the war dead
  • Facilitate access and promote visits to historic and commemorative sites.
  • Support conservation and interpretation of heritage material from Passchendaele and the Western Front.
  • Maintain contact with the Ministry of Arts, Culture and Heritage and other organisations who share our objectives.


  • Raised the levels of awareness in the community by providing information to television, radio, newspapers and magazines
  • Greater knowledge of Passchendaele and the Western Front in young people.
  • We have produced the New Zealand Remembrance Trail to encourage the community to visit Passchendaele and the Western Front.
  • Set up Fields of Remembrance Trust which established more than 100,000 personalised white crosses in fields of remembrance throughout New Zealand and in almost all schools
  • Established a competition “Their Stories-Our Stories” created through Ministry of Education. Presentation at Parliament by Minister of Education.
  • Established a competition created through Ministry of Education “Why I Want To Be In Passchendaele in October 2017.” 10 students were chosen as winners and took part in the New Zealand Memorial & Garden opening in Passchendaele.
  • Established the annual Passchendaele Commemoration Ceremony at the Auckland War Memorial Museum to honour the war dead. Described by Museum Director Roy Clare as “ the perfect blend of reflection , thoughtfulness, music, reverence, honour and ceremony.”
  • Planned and created the New Zealand Memorial & Garden in the Passchendaele Memorial Park in Zonnebeke which was opened at the Centennial Commemoration of the Battle of Passchendaele on October 12th, 2017.
  • Supported exhibitions of heritage material supplied by Passchendaele Memorial Museum 1917 (Belgium) and the New Zealand Defence Force.
  • Supported art exhibitions here in New Zealand showcasing the Passchendaele story.
  • Established regular and continuous contacts with the Ministry of Culture and Heritage, the WW100 and other related organisations

New Zealand Memorial & Garden documentary

Posted on March 31st, 2018

The Passchendaele Society is proud to announce the release of our Video Documentary of the story of  the New Zealand Memorial & Garden – Nga Pua Mahara (The Petals of Remembrance), from conception through to completion and the opening on 12th October 2017 in the Passchendaele Memorial Park in Zonnebeke, Belgium. Further information about the Project is available under the ‘Memorial’ tab on this website.

Memorial & Garden Documentary – Click Here