In 1859, Dr. F.R. von Hochstetter described the Taupo District as "The Remotest Interior" (1).

It was still remote in 1914 when World War 1 began, yet many men from the Taupo District went to fight and some never returned (2).

In commemoration of 100 years since World War one, this project, The Home Front, aims to show what these men left behind, who lived in the Taupo District, who visited and what life was like here in the years of the Great War.

Visit the Home Front

To have a look at topics, images and memories of the Taupo District from 1914 to 1918 browse topics in the Home Front category.

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 More than a rank. More than a photograph. Who were they?

Taupo Cenotaph 2014View Our WW1 Soldiers

Use the search box to look for a particular name or browse all soldiers.

Those soldiers that fought in World War 1 with a connection to the Taupo District upon whom further information can be found are listed below. Click on their names for more information.









WW1 Soldiers born in the Taupo District 

DUFF, Matene Rangiamohia

PAURINI, James Waru

GRACE, Edward Mawake

TE WHARE, Taiawhiao

GRACE, Thomas Marshall Percy 


MANGAROA, Ngare William



WW1 Soldiers who are buried in the Taupo District

KEEN, Henry

 MACDONELL, Robert James (Dick)


About Our WW1 Soldiers Project

The Lake Taupo Genealogy group are undertaking a large research project tracing soldiers who fought in World War 1 with links to the Taupo District and telling their stories.

If you have any information about your family member who fought in World War 1 or if you want help researching a family member who was a World War 1 soldier, please contact the Lake Taupo Genealogy Group.


Browse all WW1 stories, images and topics

Register on Kete, and then join this basket to share your stories!

Can I contribute?

If you own photographs, letters, postcards or memorabilia relating to World War 1 or have a story to tell of how World war 1 impacted your family, we would love you to share these on Kete Taupo.


How do I share my WW1 stories?

1.    Register to create your free account on Kete Taupo. More information about registration.

2.    Join the Our WW1 Stories basket.

3.    Click Add Item to create a topic or to add images, audio, video or documents to the "Our WW1 Stories" basket. More information about adding items.

4.    Please contact us or visit us at Taupo District Libraries or Taupo Museum if you would like help to share your memorabilia or stories.

 Terms and Conditions

Content published on Kete Taupo:

  • is under the Licence ‘Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 New Zealand’
  • may be displayed in Taupo District Libraries and at Taupo Museum.
  • Content published on Kete Taupo may be displayed on Taupo District Council websites.
  • Content published on Kete Taupo may be used for reasonable publicity purposes by Taupo District Libraries and Taupo Museum.
  • may be published, based on (including copies and/or modifications of) all or any part of the digital copies of items, in publications (in or on any media)  produced by Taupo District Libraries and Taupo Museum or with our permission and you hereby waive any rights that you may otherwise have to any revenues arising from such use. 

For more information see terms Kete Taupo Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.


If you would like to volunteer or have information about the Taupo District from 1914 to 1918 we would be happy to hear from you. Contact us online or drop in to Taupo Library or Taupo Museum.

Around New Zealand, there are many other commemorative projects. To find out more visit WW100.

Our WW1 Stories

Sources:(1). Cooper, Barbara. (1989). The Remotest interior. Tauranga, N.Z.: Moana Press, p.5; (2). Greenfield, John. (1996). From dust and ashes: a dynamic community: a history of the Taupo District. [Taupo, N.Z.], p.1.

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