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The people of Le Quesnoy have always remembered the freedom given to them by New Zealanders in WWI. The Kiwis’ courage and ingenuity won their deep respect and led to a remarkable friendship, alive to this day. 

Now it’s New Zealand’s time to remember.

On 11 October 2023, the New Zealand Liberation Museum – Te Arawhata opened in Le Quesnoy with the visitor experience created by Wētā Workshop. It tells the unique story of a liberation by ladder and honour all New Zealanders who fought in Europe in WWI.

Find out more about the NZ Liberation Museum Te Arawhata, Le Quesnoy France on the museum website.

The Le Quesnoy Story

Extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary decisions. Such is the story that led to freeing of the people of Le Quesnoy.

About the Project

Travelling to Le Quesnoy, like Gallipoli, will soon become a rite of passage for Kiwis.

Like other allies in Australia, Canada, India, South Africa and the USA, who all have museums and visitor centres on the Western Front post WWI, New Zealand has now taken its place.

Over 100 year later, we have created something immersive and emotive that not only honours our past but engages with the present and looks to the future. With the visitor experience created by Wētā Workshop, an amazing journey awaits in the heart of Le Quesnoy.

Kei roto i tō tātou hītori, he oranga mō tātou.

Within our history is our future wellbeing.

Our Partners

We have some truly amazing partners. These generous Kiwis have ensured New Zealand’s stories will finally have a place they can be told.

Our Friends

Join us! Friendship is at the very heart of this project, and we’d love your companionship on our journey to open the doors at Le Quesnoy. Being our friend is not about money, (although you are always welcome to donate). It’s about showing your support for this project of national importance and staying in touch with what’s happening.

Some of our friends you might recognise, others are everyday people who just want to show their love for the project.

I was proud to visit Le Quesnoy as New Zealand Prime Minister in 2003. The planned Memorial Museum there will continue to nurture the special bond between the town, France, and our country.

Helen Clark
Former Prime Minister of New Zealand

I am very pleased we will soon have a uniquely New Zealand place where all ages can go to reflect and appreciate the sacrifice so many of our young men made, so far from home.

Sir Jerry Mateparae
Former Governor General of New Zealand

The relationship between Quercetains and New Zealanders is truly unique and has only grown over the past century. We look forward to hosting Kiwis here as they make Le Quesnoy a must visit place.

Marie-Sophie Lesne
The Mayor of Le Quesnoy

My great great uncle fought at Le Quesnoy and survived. I have been there myself and the friendship you feel as a New Zealander is real. Le Quesnoy should be a bucket list travel destination for Kiwis.

Phil Keoghan
Host of Amazing Race

Latest News, Project Updates & Media

Find out about the latest developments, catch up on the news, find some historical photographs of the event, and find some short videos and podcasts about the soldiers who were there.

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