Te Arawhata, also known as The New Zealand Liberation Museum, recently opened its doors in Le Quesnoy. It celebrates the heroic efforts of New Zealand soldiers who played a pivotal role in liberating the French town during the waning days of World War 1.
The museum stands as a testament to the enduring bond and shared sacrifices between France and New Zealand. Located in the picturesque heart of Le Quesnoy in northern France, the museum pays homage to the valiant New Zealand forces of World War I, spotlighting their instrumental role in freeing the town from German occupation on November 4, 1918.
The people of Le Quesnoy cherish the memory of the sacrifices made by the New Zealand Division, and the building serves as an everlasting symbol of that appreciation. Architecturally, the museum beautifully blends modern design with touches that echo the town's historic fortresses. Within its walls, visitors will discover a vivid panorama of (Weta Workshop) interactive exhibits, personal accounts, and treasured relics that capture the wartime journeys of both the Kiwi troops and Le Quesnoy's residents.
These displays provide a deep insight into the events surrounding the audacious New Zealand-led assault on the town's ancient ramparts.