The New Zealand Cartoon Archive

The New Zealand Cartoon Archive was launched in 1992 and is situated in the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library, Wellington.

There are over 50,000 cartoons—originals and copies—in the New Zealand Cartoon Archive collection. More than 60 cartoonists are represented, and the archive continues to grow with new digital images added every week.

Latest News

Power to the Peaceful Cartoon Competition

1 May 2015

The search is on for New Zealand’s own Michael Leunig, with the launch of a cartoon competition by Otago University’s National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies.

May’s Memorable Cartoon

Cartoon: Making the Feathers Fly
News was received in New Zealand on April 29 that New Zealand troops were included in the allied forces attacking the Turkish positions in the Dardanelles. Later cable messages state that they had been constantly in touch with the enemy for several days, and were pushing on with the “utmost boldness” and “with fine spirit and determination”.

The purported idea was to clear the commanding Turkish positions from the Gallipoli Peninsula to open up Constantinople from the seas. In nine months, 87 percent of the 8,556 New Zealanders who landed at Gallipoli were casualties – and 2,721 of them dead. Ironically, after so much slaughter, the withdrawal from Anzac Cove in December was made without a single loss of life.

Trevor Lloyd, Auckland Weekly News, 6 May 1915. ATL: A-315-2-002

View Making the Feathers Fly on the National Library of New Zealand website.