New Zealand Commits $17 Million for WWI Centenary

Article by Isaac Davison for nzherald.co.nz, July 18, 2012:

The Government has committed $17 million to mark the centenary of World War I in the latest round of lottery grants.

Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain said yesterday, “I am looking forward to activities and events which will bring New Zealand communities together. The centenary gives us the opportunity to remember those who fought and served in all wars, conflicts and peace operations in the past 100 years.

“Increased attendances at Anzac services show a growing interest and understanding of the sacrifices made in all armed conflicts. This funding will enhance commemorations for everyone regardless of where they live.”

From next month, community groups can apply for a slice of the $17 million, and at least $10 million of it is expected to be committed to a large-scale commemoration.

A series of memorial events will begin in 2014, with the centenary of the Gallipoli landing in 2015.

The Ministry of Culture and Heritage has proposed a series of events from 2014-18, including a heritage trail and restoration of war memorials.

n other grants, Sport NZ received $34.6 million of the lottery proceeds, Creative NZ received $26 million, and the NZ Film Commission $12.1 million.

LOTTERY GRANTS

* $27.48m – new World War I commemorations, Environment and Heritage Committee (at least $17m for WWI activities)
* $25.95m – Creative NZ
* $12.1m – NZ Film Commission (including NZ Film Archive)
* $34.6m – Sport NZ.

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