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National War Memorial open for Capital 150

Media release: 24 July 2015

A chiming of the peace bell from the carillon tower, a display of royal wreaths, a choral performance, artefacts from the archaeological survey of the Pukeahu site and a history talk are some of the featured activities this weekend for Capital 150 at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.

The Park opened in April this year as a national place for New Zealanders to reflect on New Zealand’s role in past military conflicts and remember those who lost their lives or were injured in these wars. 

The Ministry for Culture and Heritage manages Pukeahu including the National War Memorial. Brodie Stubbs, Manager Heritage Projects for the Ministry, says the National War Memorial will be open like any weekend but with new and unique displays.

“For the first time there will be royal wreaths on display from past royal visits to the National War Memorial. There will be display cabinets showing artefacts from the archaeological survey of the Park done prior to the construction and audio visual displays.

“There will be a chime of the Peace bell from the carillon on Saturday at 2pm. Other features of the weekend’s events will include a talk about the cultural significance and history of the Park at 11am on Sunday. Ministry staff will be on hand to provide directions and answer questions,” says Brodie Stubbs.

The Last Post will be played at the conclusion of the day’s activities at 5pm.

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Updated on 24th July 2015