importance of commemorating war in a way which prevents
conflict rather than glorifying it was discussed by a panel
at University of Otago yesterday.
The discussion entitled ''How should New Zealanders remember
World War 1?'' comes as the world marks 100 years since the
start of the conflict.
A common theme from the panel was that emphasis should be put
on commemorating the horror and massive cost of war, as
opposed to glorifying it and celebrating WW1 as the birth of
Prof Richard Jackson, of the National Centre for Peace
and Conflict Studies, said WW1 and other wars should be
commemorated in a way to prevent future conflict from
The way in which Anzac Day was ''depoliticised'', leaving
little room for dissenting opinions, was disturbing, Prof
Commemorations could ''rewrite sometimes unjust wars''
''sanitise'' war and make conflict more likely.
War should instead be remembered as a ''tragedy'' and
commemorations should ''break down enmity between people''
rather than reinforcing it.
Gender studies Associate Prof Annabel Cooper said the
importance of WW1 in the forming of New Zealand nationhood
There was also a lack of emphasis put on the importance of
the New Zealand Wars, she said.
Prof Brooking said the way we commemorate war was ''something
we need to get right'' and it was important to recognise WW1,
unlike WW2, was a ''dubious'' war.