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Wed 27 Sep 2017, 9:00am–6:00pm
Thu 28 Sep 2017, 9:00am–6:00pm
Fri 29 Sep 2017, 9:00am–6:00pm
Sat 30 Sep 2017, 9:00am–6:00pm
Sun 1 Oct 2017, 9:00am–6:00pm

Where: The Great War Exhibition, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Buckle St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission Adult: $15.00
  • General Admission Child: $0.00

Dissent is a powerful new temporary exhibition about opposition to the First World War in New Zealand. In 1914, most New Zealanders supported our country’s involvement in the war.

There were only a small minority of dissenters. However, as the casualty lists grew and the death toll was reported in local newspapers, New Zealanders felt the effect of this prolonged and brutal conflict.

Some soldiers became disillusioned, writing home to warn others not to enlist. When conscription was introduced in 1916, opposition grew. Waikato iwi leaders refused to support the war, and several MPs of the newly-formed Labour Party spoke out.

Over 32,000 men indicated they were not willing to serve in the military. Nearly 300 were imprisoned. Of these, 14 men were forcibly dispatched to the war, with four subjected to the notorious Field Punishment No. 1.

Dissent, a ten-minute audio-visual show produced by Story Inc., and funded by the Lottery Grants Board, gives The Great War Exhibition a chance to tell the stories of a different type of courage. The courage to oppose the war. The exhibition includes a replica of the Peace Action Wellington sculpture that was placed on Wellington’s waterfront on Anzac Day 2016.

Dissent runs from 21 July 2017 to 1 October 2017.
General admission charges apply.

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