10.9 C
Wellington
Saturday, April 17, 2021

New war memorial unveiled in Wellington

A new Memorial to acknowledge the contribution of Pacific nations to military conflicts and the bonds shared with New Zealand has been unveiled by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at Pukeahu National War Remembrance Park in Wellington.

“The Pacific Islands Memorial Te Reo Hotunui o te Moana nui a Kiwa recognises the close relationship between Aotearoa New Zealand and other Pacific nations, acknowledging the region’s contribution during times of conflict and the shared history that strengthens our bond today,” Ms Ardern said. 

“Pacific Islanders and New Zealanders fought side by side during many conflicts, including the First and Second World Wars, although our history goes much deeper than that. 

“As a Pacific nation itself, Aotearoa is connected to all our Pacific neighbours by history, culture, politics, people, language and shared interests. 

“This Memorial is an important addition to the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park,” Jacinda Ardern said.

The project to create the Memorial is led by Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage, with partner agencies Ministry of Foreign Affairs Manatū Aorere and Ministry for Pacific Peoples – Te Manatū mō Ngā Iwi o Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa. 

The design, by artist Michel Tuffery MNZM and Herriot, Melhuish and O’Neil Architects, was selected by an expert judging panel following a national design competition. It depicts a bronze conch shell, a symbol deeply rooted in Pacific cultures, and has a patina finish with remembrance poppies.  

Named Te Reo Hotunui o Te Moana nui a Kiwa – The deep sigh of the Pacific, the design recalls the conch shell left in the Arras Tunnels by Kuki Airani (Cook Island) soldiers of The New Zealand tunnelling Company and the New Zealand (Māori) Pioneer Battalion, who were stationed beneath the town of Arras during 1916 to 1918.

Latest Articles

Medsafe delays decision on Janssen COVID-19 vaccine

New Zealand's medicines regulator, Medsafe, says it will hold off on a decision regarding a COVID-19 vaccine from pharmaceutical company, Janssen, until...

Bowel screening now available in Wellington region

The National Bowel Screening Programme (NBSP) was launched in Wellington this week, bringing free screening to around 45,000 people living in Kapiti,...

Fines dialled up for using mobile phone while driving

The infringement fee for using a mobile phone while driving will increase from $80 to $150 from April 30, Transport Minister Michael...

Govt puts bite on greyhound racing industry

The Government has today announced a review of animal welfare and safety efforts in the greyhound racing industry. “While...

New Police station for Mount Roskill

A new Police station for Mount Roskill will be officially opened next week.  From April 20, the Mount Roskill...
X