In March 2017, the Turkish Memorial was unveiled at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.

Designed by New Zealand artist Gunner Matt Gauldie, it features Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s 1934 words of reconciliation and a Turkish red pine (pinus brutia) descended from the original Lone Pine at Gallipoli.

The lone pine and the new bronze memorial will be illuminated every night and complements the existing Atatürk Memorial in Seatoun, which was installed in 1990.

The Turkish Ambassador His Excellency Ahmet Ergin with Minister Maggie Barry at the unveiling ceremony.

The Turkish memorial is one of four planned for Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in 2017.

British, Belgian and American memorials will be unveiled gradually through the year – their designs are still under wraps.  A French memorial will be installed early next year in time for Anzac Day 2018, followed by a Canadian memorial.

Each is a testament to our international relationships, and the shared values, the freedoms and the quality of life our countries have fought for and continue to support today.

The Australian Memorial was the first to be installed at Pukeahu before Anzac Day 2015.

Related links

Atatürk Memorial

Australian Memorial

Memorial unveiling strengthens New Zealand-Turkish ties


Updated on 31st March 2017