Other sources of information

Medals Enquiries

All medals enquiries should be directed to:

Personnel Archives & Medals
Headquarters New Zealand Defence Force
Private Bag 905
Upper Hutt 5140
New Zealand

For further information about medal entitlement and the issue of replacement medals and ribbons, please visit the NZDF Medals Site.

Archives New Zealand

The military service files of Victoria Cross recipients and all files relating to those who left the forces up to 31st December 1920 have now been transferred to Archives New Zealand in Wellington. These include approximately 6,500 South African War files and 140,000 First World War files.

In addition, Archives New Zealand hold all of the surviving unit records and war diaries of New Zealand military forces in the South African War, First World War, Second World War and post-war operations up to and including the Malayan Emergency of 1957-1967. They also hold several important photographic collections.

Archives New Zealand
PO Box 12 050
Wellington 6144
New Zealand

The files of those who continued to serve after 1st January 1921, or who re-enlisted to serve in the Second World War, are still held by NZDF Archives.

Official War Histories

The official war histories, published after the First and Second World Wars, provide masses of detail about the histories of the various campaigns and military units. They are generally available in libraries or via inter-library loans.

The Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War can also now been viewed online at

A list of the official histories and other books on New Zealand military history is available in the bibliography.

The New Zealand Defence Force Library

The NZDF Library has a large collection of published and compiled material relating to the military history of New Zealand. It is open to the public by appointment.

Defence Library
Headquarters New Zealand Defence Force
Private Bag
Wellington 6011
New Zealand

The National Library of New Zealand and Alexander Turnbull Library

The National and Alexander Turnbull Libraries hold a wealth of published and unpublished material, including the letters, diaries and memoirs of individual service personnel and a large photographic archive.

National Library of New Zealand
Cnr Molesworth & Aitken Streets
PO Box 1467
Wellington 6140, NZ

Military Museums

New Zealand’s military museums hold important collections of film, photographs and archives relating to the various arms of the service. The main ones to look out for are:

War Pensions

All war pension enquiries should be directed to Veterans’ Affairs New Zealand.

Veterans' Affairs New Zealand
PO Box 5146
Wellington 6145
Freephone: 0800 483 8372 (0800 4 VETERAN)


War Graves

NZDF Archives does not hold any information regarding war graves. Official war graves information is held at:

Ministry for Culture and Heritage
Te Manatu Taonga
PO Box 5364
Tel:  (04) 499 4229
Fax:  (04) 499 4490

Information about the locations of Official War Graves is available from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Minqar Qa'im [Detail] Artist: Jack Crippen Date:1943 Archives New Zealand/Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga Wellington Office [Archives Reference: AAAC 898 NCWA 117]

Minqar Qa'im [Detail]
Artist: Jack Crippen
Archives New Zealand/Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga Wellington Office [Archives Reference: AAAC 898 NCWA 117]

This page was last reviewed on 18 February 2018.