The design process was run by Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Its two stages were:

Stage One: Expression of Interest

The Ministry sought expressions of interest from architects, artists, landscape architects and designers for the National Erebus Memorial.

The Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) is the first stage of the design selection process.

Expression of Interest submissions were assessed against set criteria. These criteria were based on the objectives of the Memorial.

Six submissions were shortlisted from Stage One to proceed to the second Request for Proposal (RFP) stage.

Expression of Interest submissions were due by 25 November 2018.

Stage Two: Request for Proposal

Shortlisted respondents were invited to develop detailed concept designs as part of the second Request for Proposal (RFP) stage.

Shortlisted respondents were provided with further site information and parameters to incorporate into their design, such as financial, environmental and resource management (town planning) requirements and construction timeframes as well as a summary of feedback from stakeholders.

Designs submitted through the RFP process were anonymously reviewed by the judging panel.

The RFP process included a technical assessment for compliance with the design parameters, public exhibition and feedback and further comments and feedback from bereaved families (and members of the Ice Phase of Operation Overdue) on the developed design.

The judging panel selected one design to be recommended to the Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage for final approval.

Updated on 18th April 2019