Our boys, your stories

Our boys, your stories

Kia ora and welcome.  Discover the impact of the First World War on Aotearoa New Zealand through stories about our people and places.

Join Our Boys

To mark the centenary of the First World War, Auckland Libraries and Auckland Council Archives have created Our boys, your stories, a portal into our rich heritage collections.  We hope this resource will help you discover and share information about New Zealanders’ experiences during one of the greatest conflicts of the 20th century.

Browse our collections to see portraits of soldiers taken before their departure; search the RSA journal Quick March (1918-1923) to read reports from the front lines; or find out about upcoming First World War centenary events.

If you register to create an account, you can do even more. Log in and add your own stories about our people and places.  Help us build a repository which you can also share with friends, family and other researchers.


Contact us if you have any comments or feedback to help make Our boys, your stories a more complete record of New Zealand's First World War experience.

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He Waiata Aroha – Hoki hoki tonu mai

Hoki hoki tonu mai

Te wairua o te tau

Ki te awhi Reinga

Ki tenei kiri e.


Again and again he returns,

the spirit of my beloved

from Reinga,

for an embrace with this skin of mine.

Ka pinea koe e ahau

Ki te pine o te aroha

Ki te pine e kore nei

E waikura e.

I will pin you to me

with the pin of love

with a pin that will never

rust away.