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Pacific Islands Memorial design unveiled

Ministers’ release: 25 October 2018

The design for a Pacific Islands Memorial in Pukeahu National War Memorial Park was announced today by Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Hon Carmel Sepuloni.

Hon Carmel Sepuloni and Michel Tuffery MNZM with the winning 'conch shell' design for the Pacific Islands Memorial at Pukeahu.

“The Pacific Islands Memorial symbolises our close relationship with the Pacific and the service of Pacific peoples in the New Zealand Defence Force in the two World Wars and in other conflicts.” Carmel Sepuloni said.

Congratulations to Michel Tuffery MNZM and Herriot, Melhuish and O’Neil Architects for their stunning design – Te Reo Hotunui o Te Moana nui a Kiwa which translates to The deep sigh of the Pacific,” 

“The memorial takes the form of a conch shell, an iconic Pacific symbol. It is used across the region in formal traditional ceremonies. The conch shell is beautiful in its natural form and will be spectacular at massive scale alongside the other national memorials at Pukeahu.

The design was selected by a five person judging panel, chaired by His Excellency Hon Fisa Pihigia, High Commissioner for Niue.

“I’m delighted with the panel’s choice. This was a challenging brief to design a memorial to represent not a single country, but to reflect and acknowledge our close relationship with and the diversity of the Pacific nations.

“The Pacific Islands Memorial will be an exciting addition to Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. Australia, Turkey, the UK, Belgium and France have already contributed national memorials at Pukeahu. The US memorial is due to be unveiled before the end of the year,” Carmel Sepuloni said.

The project to build the memorial was run by Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage, the Ministry for Pacific Peoples and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade with support from the New Zealand Institute of Architects.

The Pacific Islands Memorial will be unveiled in late April 2019.


Published on 25th October 2018