World War One: 100 years

This morning marked the 100th anniversary of NZ’s entry into the First Great Imperialist Global Slaughter, aka the First World War.  Read some of our features:

Gallipoli invasion: a dirty and bloody business

Stevan Eldred-Grigg’s ‘The Great Wrong War: NZ society and WWI’

Empty Garden: Wellington’s National War Memorial Park

New Zealand’s ruling elite, moreover, had long cast covetous eyes over chunks of the South Pacific, but they usually lost out to bigger imperialist fish. WW1, however, allowed them to invade German-ruled Samoa and rule over it for nearly 50 years.

See: Samoa: what New Zealand did