Open daily from 10 am to 1pm except Saturdays and outside these hours by special arrangement. Contact us on +64 4 801 9480

Learn about the 1.5 million buttons collected for the Button Memorial project

Visit the Centre and meet our volunteers

Come Visit the Centre

The displays focus on the Holocaust and New Zealand:

  • Jewish life before and after the Holocaust.

  • Two parallel Timelines, events in Europe and the New Zealand responses.

  • The experience of the Holocaust told through the stories of New Zealand Holocaust survivors.

  • Powerful videos of Holocaust survivors telling their stories.

  • View the new exhibition 'Auschwitz to Aotearoa: Survival in Nazi Concentration Camps' about nine Jewish women, from different countries and backgrounds, who survived Auschwitz and later came to New Zealand.

  • Gain an insight into the experiences of Holocaust survivors based in New Zealand and their war-time lives.

  • Learn about the challenges refugees from Nazi Europe faced in New Zealand.

Educational Screening of "Denial"

There will be an educational screening of the film "Denial," followed by a recent TED talk delivered by Deborah Lipstadt that includes her insights into the film, and extends on how she recommends dealing with denial, on Sunday 25 June at HCNZ. The screening will start at 1:30 with the session planned to finish by 4:30pm. There will also be time for discussion and cups of tea - please come along!

HCNZ Visits Nelson Students to Teach Humanity

Read a Stuff.co.nz article about the HCNZ's educational outreach program here.

Circa Theatre Presents: Caging Skies, by Desiree Gezentsvey

Caging Skies, a play written by award-winning writter Desiree Gezentsvey and directed by visionary director Andrew Foster, has its world premier at Circa Theatre beginning August 12. More details about the play and showtimes are available here. Tickets can be booked here.

Desiree Gezentsvey and the CAGING SKIES Production Team most gratefully acknowledge the generous sponsorship of The Adam Foundation, Sally & Tim Thomson-Gregg, Michael Pitt, Ari Chait, Sandra & Garrick Zukerman, Susan & Nigel Isaacs ~ THANK YOU! We would be delighted to hear from any Theatre/Arts Philanthropists who would keen to become sponsors of this meaningful show! Please contact Desiree Gezentsvey (021 771 560 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Heartfelt thanks also go to the HCNZ, Inge Woolf, Chris Harris, Kaye Clark, WJCC and Temple Sinai, family and friends for your support and for promoting the play ~ please spread the word and share links on social media, hope to see you all there!

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Holiday Closure

Please be advised that the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand will be closed on Friday the 25th of December 2015 and from Friday 1st January until Monday 4th January 2016. We will be back open on Tuesday 5th January 2016.

Director of Education

Director of Education

Holocaust Centre of New Zealand



The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand seeks to appoint a trained and committed Educator to develop Holocaust education programmes, modules and resources for use in primary and secondary schools throughout New Zealand.

Based in Wellington, the position entails leadership, team work, initiative and intellectual enterprise in forging a vision of how the history and legacies of the Holocaust can be delivered in line with the current New Zealand curriculum. The successful candidate will have a solid general knowledge of the Holocaust, and be resourceful, articulate and experienced in using social media technologies. The term is initially for six months, with the possibility of renewal. Salary range: $55,000 - $65,000 pro rata depending on skills and experience. The successful candidate will responsible to the Chairperson of the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand and work under their guidance.

This new position represents an important and rewarding opportunity to advance the work and mission of the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand.

Key Tasks:

-          Leadership and Vision: Develop, provide and oversee educational programmes for schools in line with the current NZ Curriculum.

-          Educational Content: Develop modules and materials accessible in print and online about the history of the Holocaust, and in particular, be able to link this history to a NZ curriculum context that foregrounds the values of tolerance, diversity and respect for difference. Candidates should be able to develop modules in one or more of the following subject areas: history, evolution of human rights protections, genocide, and persecution of religious and ethnic minorities, racial intolerance, English, literature, geography, social studies, art history, music, politics, and religion.

-          Teacher Training: Plan, coordinate and conduct teacher training seminars and other symposia.

-          Outreach and Report Writing: Liaise with teachers in Wellington and across New Zealand, write and circulate a regular newsletter for teachers and online access.

-          Team Leadership: Recruit, train and supervise the work of local and regional educators. Coordinate and assist in the delivery of education programmes for schools and other groups (such as adults, seniors, religious groups, tourist groups).

-          Networking: Liaise with Holocaust Museums, Institutes and Memorial Organisations in Australasia, the United States, and other countries and regions on matters related to educational best practice, methodology, policy and digital learning initiatives.  

-          Community of Educators: To compile and maintain a New Zealand inventory of schools and teachers in secondary and tertiary institutions committed to Holocaust history and education.

-          Additional tasks as directed by the Chairperson.

Essential Skills and Knowledge


-          Must possess a teaching background and minimum Bachelors degree (secondary or tertiary), preferably with a background in History

-          Possesses a detailed familiarity of the NZ Curriculum

-          Must have a sound understanding of the Holocaust, World War Two and its significance to New Zealand.

-           Detailed knowledge of different teaching and learning styles

-          Experience with MS Office and social media such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter

-          Research and writing skills

Personal Attributes

-          Creative, enthusiastic, confident

-          Sensitivity to, and empathy for, peoples of different backgrounds, cultures and ages

-          Friendly with good writing, speaking and listening skills

-          Able to travel throughout New Zealand from time to time

-          Self-motivated, passionate and ability to motivate and lead a team of educators

-          Able to work in a team

Position Start Date: 01/02/2016

All applications should be submmited throug this link (http://www.seek.co.nz/job/30063638).

Please enclose a letter of application indicating your suitability for the position which addresses all the essential skills and knowledge required for this position, as well as a current CV, with the contact details of three professional references.

Teachers: Get a Free Bus Ride for Your Entire Class to the HCNZ

Thinking about a trip to Wellington in 2016 for students in Years 5-10?

There is still time to apply for subsidized buses by registering for Kids to the Capital 2016. The closing date for applications is Friday 12th February.

In 2015, 150 Years: 150 Buses, supported by the Wellington Amenities Fund, helped more than 4,000 students to visit places like Holocaust Centre of New Zealand, Te Papa, Parliament, National Library, New Zealand Archives, Supreme Court, Wellington Museum, New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Government House, Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Reserve Bank Museum and the Great War Exhibition.

If your school is within Greater Wellington and is decile 1-7 you can apply for Kids to the Capital bus subsidies for 2016 here.  

Teachers from all schools are invited to attend our FREE teacher professional development sessions at the National Library of New Zealand on Thursday 25th February 2016 from 4:15pm–7:15pm, repeated on Saturday 27th February 2016 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

"I attended (the teacher PD session) on Thursday which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was extremely helpful and has now made our planning so much more meaningful." Hunia Williams, Teacher, Cannons Creek School.

Register for the FREE PLD here. If you have also applied for a bus subsidy, at least 1 teacher from your school must attend the PLD. Petrol vouchers will be available for teachers from schools receiving bus subsidies.

If you would like further details about the project please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ​

HCNZ closed on Waitangi Day

The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand will be closed on Monday the 8th of February in recognition of Waitangi Day.

Prof William Spurlin's Lecture

Join us for a Sunday Lecture:

Prof William Spurlin

Sunday March 6th at 5-7pm
"What we know from the Historical Record: The persecution of Gay Men and Lesbians under the Third Reich"

William Spurlin HCNZ


William J Spurlin, Professor of English and Director of Teaching and Learning for Arts & Humanities at Brunel University London, has written extensively on the politics of gender and sexual dissidence and is widely known for his work on queer theory. To see his bio, click here.

Event will be held on
Sunday, March 6
5pm - 7pm
Myers Hall
80 Webb Street

This event is free and all are welcome. If possible, please RSVP to Erica at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Thursday, March 3.

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80 Webb Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011.

Open Sunday - Friday 10am - 1pm, and outside these hours by special arrangement.

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