The 2020 Trust launched a new Living Heritage initiative “Their Names Shall Live” on 21 May 2014 at a recent Computers in Homes hui in Wellington. The initiative aims to encourage schools to develop Living Heritage sites telling the stories of the soldiers in their communities who never returned from World War One.
Trustee Andrew Annakin is spearheading the new initiative and explains the background: “Most communities throughout New Zealand have memorials listing the names of these soldiers. But little is known about these soldiers and their descendants. Living Heritage creates a permanent digital memory that is accessible online and will be preserved by the National Library of New Zealand forever.”
“Our goal is to help schools create 100 new Living Heritage sites over the next three years with a special focus on Gallipoli in 2015, The Battle of the Somme in 2016 and Passchendaele in 2017, the anniversary years of the three major engagements where many New Zealanders lost their lives.”
Computers in Homes coordinators have already identified schools near World War 1 memorials in their communities and will now be encouraging them to start developing a Living Heritage site. Shown in the photo are Computers in Homes coordinators L to R: Emma Tracey (Far North), Sue Kini (Northland) and Kate McRae (Southland) with CiH programme chair, Laurence Zwimpfer, in WW1 period dress at the launch of the new Living Heritage initiative.