Edited from Matthew Wright's Shattered Glory: The New Zealand experience at Gallipoli and on the Western Front.

To most New Zealanders, the returning soldiers were heroes, celebrated in their communitiies with their names inscribed on rolls of honour and on local war memorials. The troop ships gradually returned to NZ and the anticipation of being reunited with family loved ones and friends was there at first. Each returning ship was greeted by wildly waving crowds who lined the quayside, hoping to catch a glimpse of a familiar face aboard. Then men queued up to leave their ships with their kit bags and discharge papers. There were tears of joy and passionate embraces and all the wild excitement of reunion after so long apart. According to Matthew Wright "for a few precious days the return home was a pleasure ...life was a holiday...but then everything went flat."