Image: The final design for the National Erebus Memorial, Te Paerangi Ataata - Sky Song (September 2019)

National Erebus Memorial Final Design

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the design for the National Erebus Memorial, Te Paerangi Ataata - Sky Song, on 5 April 2019.

The design was developed by Studio Pacific Architecture in collaboration with artists Jason O’Hara and Warren Maxwell, both who have both previously worked on projects focused around Antarctica.

Te Paerangi Ataata reflects the enormity of the Erebus tragedy without losing the adventurous spirit of the crew and passengers who embarked on what was intended to be an experience of a lifetime. The memorial's stainless steel and concrete details evoke the stark beauty of the Antarctic environs.

Designed specifically for the site in Auckland’s Dove-Myer Robinson Park, Te Paerangi Ataata - Sky Song sits lightly on the landscape. Its location overlooking Waitematā Habour allows for a strong connection to the ocean, the distant horizon and Antarctica beyond.

The names of all 257 people who lost their lives in the Erebus accident will be etched into the wall of on the memorial. Alongside them will be lines from the poem Erebus Voices which was composed by New Zealand poet Bill Manhire for the 25th anniversary of the accident in 2004 and read at the commemoration event in Antarctica by Sir Edmund Hillary.

Image: Artist's impression of the the National Erebus Memorial, Te Paerangi Ataata - Sky Song from above. (September 2019)

Image: Artist's impression of the National Erebus Memorial,Te Paerangi Ataata - Sky Song from lower path. (September 2020)

Image: An aerial photograph of Dove-Myer Robinson Park in Auckland's Parnell showing the memorial site (September 2019)


Updated on 19th January 2021