Project Support

Support for the Project:

Commonwealth Secretary-General
Don McKinnon (when Commonwealth Secretary-General):
……I congratulate you on the establishment of the New Zealand War Graves Project. Keeping New Zealanders informed about what happened to their citizens in the way you are contemplating will add a positive and worthwhile dimension to the country’s knowledge of its own history.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Claire Samber – CWGC:
The establishment of the New Zealand War Graves Project, will , I am sure, be an extremely worthwhile and useful project to New Zealanders worldwide, It will undoubtedly become a valuable resource for new Zealanders tracing their relatives and learning more about the historical background to those conflicts in which their families were involved.

New Zealand Defence Force
Lt. Gen J. Mateparae:
The New Zealand War Graves Project’s plan to photograph every NZ war grave and memorials and establish a database and website utilizing this material is an ambitious and important undertaking…… … I wish the New Zealand War Grave Project every success and I am convinced that its work will be of great value to the nation.

Auckland Museum:
We will be pleased to support your project and would be delighted to see the New Zealand War Graves Project ultimately located here as part of the most comprehensive war memorial archives and services in the country. - Dr T. L. Rodney Wilson (when Director of the Museum)

Royal Returned and Services Association
Royal New Zealand Returned & Services Association:
It is the belief of the Executive that The New Zealand War Graves Project would be a most significant Remembrance project and of great value to New Zealanders, Local Communities and the Nation. - John Campbell, when National President

Other Important Supporters :

  • Hon John Key, Prime Minister, Leader of the National Party
  • Hon Chris Finlayson, Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Hon Peter Dunne, Leader United Future New Zealand
  • Hon Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Defence
  • Dr Peter Sharples, Co-leader, Maori Party

Financial Support for the Project:

Major Sponsors

First Sovereign
First Sovereign Trust - 20/10/09, 24/2/10, 3/11/10, 29/12/10

Department of Internal Affairs
New Zealand Lottery Grants Board - November 2010

Four Winds Foundation
Four Winds Foundation - 1/12/09, 5/10/10

SKYCITY Community Trust
SKYCITY Auckland Community Trust - 30/8/09, 15/7/10

Southern Trust
The Southern Trust - 29/10/09

Caversham Foundation - 4/11/06 & 24/9/07 & 31/5/08

The Trusts Charitable Foundation - 19/2/07

Charitable Trusts:

Mount Wellington Foundation
Mount Wellington Foundation - 22/12/09, 26/10/10

North and South
The North & South Trust - 8/12/09

The Whitehouse Tavern Trust - 8/12/09

Eureka Trust
Eureka Trust - 4/12/09

Pub Charity
Pub Charity - 4/12/09

Trillian Trust - 27/9/07

New Zealand Defence Force
South Auckland Charitable Trust - 28/9/06 & 3/8/07

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Pelorus Trust - 30/9/06

Scottwood Trust - 8/11/06

Local Government:

Whangarei District Council
Waikato District Council - 2/12/10

Hauraki District Council
Hauraki District Council - 22/10/10

Auckland City Council
Auckland City Council - 22/7/10

Waikato District Council - 6/12/06

Taupo District Council - 16/12//06

Kaipara District Council - 16/12/06

Queenstown Lakes District Council - 21/12/06

Clutha District Council - 22/1/07

Rodney District Council - 13/2/07

South Taranaki District Council - 19/2/07

Manukau City Council - 22/2/07

Invercargill Council - 24/2/07

Waimate District Council - 27/2/07

Wairoa District Council - 5/3/07


Veteran Affairs New Zealand
Veterans’ Affairs New Zealand - Foundation Grant (Year of the Veteran)