Movie mogul Sir Peter Jackson and two former cabinet ministers are on a panel that will advise the government on commemorations for the 100th anniversary of World War 1.
Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Chris Finlayson appointed the panel and says it will work on an extensive programme of events.
On Friday the commemoration symbol was launched - a stylised poppy - and Mr Finlayson says announcements about events will be made during the next few weeks.
"The government has a number of centenary legacy projects in the pipeline," he said.
"These significant commemorations will take place over several years and aim to foster a better understanding among New Zealanders of our military heritage."
With Sir Peter on the panel are Wayne Mapp, former defence minister in the present government, and Rick Barker, veterans' affairs minister in the previous Labour government.
Panel chairman is Brian Roche, project manager for New Zealand's successful bid to host last year's Rugby World Cup, and there are 10 members in all.
More than 100,000 New Zealand troops served overseas from 1914 to 1918 from a population of barely a million.
Of those, about 18,000 died and 41,000 were wounded.