The Whakatane Museum is preparing a project that will digitize forever public and private photos from the 1st World War.

The Museum received a $75,000 grant to ensure they can digitally archive all World War 1 photos from the 20th century.

Whakatane Museum spokesperson Hamish Pettengell says there are many articles about our soldiers who crossed to Europe to fight during years 1914 to 1918 more than 100,000.

Of those soldiers 18,000 were killed and 40,000 were wounded and most of them were youth, young men. The digital archiving will begin 1 July 2013. The digital show though will happen 2014 on ANZAC Day.

Kei te whakarite Te Whare Taonga o Whakatane he kaupapa kia pupuri mo ake tonu atu nga whakaahua tumatanui me nga whakaahua motuhake o te pakanga tuatahi o te ao. Ma te putea koha whitu tekau mano tara e ahei ana Te Whare Taonga o Whakatane ki te whakatinana i tana kaupapa e rauhanga ana i nga whakaahua pakanga tawhito no te rautau rua tekau. Hei nga kupu whakamarama a Hamish Pettengell o Te Kaunihera o Whakatane he nui nga korero e pa ana ki a tatau hoia i whakawhiti atu ki Uropi whawhai ai i waenganui i nga tau kotahi mano, iwa rau tekau ma wha me te kotahi mano iwa rau tekau ma waru kia kotahi rau mano te katoa o ratau. O era hoia tekau ma waru mano neke atu i mate i te pakanga wha tekau mano neke atu o ratau i tao tu me te mea hoki ko te nuinga o nga hoia he taiohi tonu. Ka timata te rauhanga i nga whakaahua pakanga tuatahi hei te tuatahi o tenei marama o Hongongoi. Otira te mutunga o te whakatataunga o nga whakaahua ka whakaatu a te tau rua mano ngahuru ma wha a te rangi ANZAC.