National Erebus Memorial
On the morning of 28 November 1979, Air New Zealand flight TE901 left Auckland for a sightseeing flight to Antarctica. At 12.49 p.m. (NZST) the aircraft crashed into Mt Erebus in Antarctica, killing all 257 passengers and crew.
Erebus remains the worst civil accident in New Zealand’s history, the scale of loss shocked the nation. The plane was lost from the fleet of the national carrier; Air New Zealand was in full state ownership at that time.
2019 marked the 40th anniversary of the accident and the New Zealand government has undertaken to construct a national memorial that acknowledges the loss to the families and the nation. The proposed location for the memorial is Auckland’s Dove-Myer Robinson Park.
Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage is leading the project.
The memorial design
Te Paerangi Ataata - Sky Song was announced as the winning design for the National Erebus Memorial in April 2019 following a national design competition. It was designed by Studio Pacific Architecture in collaboration with artists Jason O’Hara and Warren Maxwell.
Te Paerangi Ataata reflects the enormity of the Erebus tragedy without losing the adventurous spirit of the crew and passengers. It’s stainless steel and concrete details evoke the stark beauty of the Antarctic environs.
Designed specifically for the proposed site in Auckland’s Dove-Myer Robinson Park, Te Paerangi Ataata; Sky Song’ sits lightly on the landscape. Its location overlooking Waitamatā Habour allows for a strong visual connection to the ocean and the distant horizon.
About the proposed site: Dove-Myer Robinson Park/Taurarua Pā, Auckland
Dove-Myer Robinson Park /Taurarua Pā is a busy yet tranquil public green space in the historic Auckland suburb of Parnell. It is a site of significant heritage value to mana whenua and the community. It is home to remarkable native trees including what is thought to be the largest pohutukawa in Auckland.
- FAQs about the National Erebus Memorial
- About the final design: Te Paerangi Ataata - Sky Song
- National Erebus Memorial Project Updates
- About the Erebus accident
- Names of those who lost their lives in the Erebus accident
- Media releases and enquiries
- Video: 40th Anniversary of Erebus Accident at Government House