Pukeahu National War Memorial Park commemorates more than 30,000 New Zealanders who died in conflict and honours all who have served.

Armistice Centenary National Ceremony in November 2018. Image by Mark Tantrum Photography.
Armistice Centenary National Ceremony in November 2018. Image by Mark Tantrum Photography.

Pukeahu National War Memorial Park is the national place for New Zealanders to remember and reflect on this country’s experience of war, military conflict and peacekeeping, and how that experience shapes our ideals and sense of national identity.

Created in 2015 to enhance the setting for the National War Memorial, the park is a public gathering space for ceremonial occasions. The park is also a place for memorials from countries with which New Zealand has a shared military heritage. Located just 15 minutes walk from Te Papa and the waterfront, it’s the perfect place to bring a picnic; an oasis of quiet reflection in the middle of our vibrant capital city of Wellington.

 

The National War Memorial Building is currently closed

 

The National War Memorial Building is currently closed to the public due to concerns about its resilience in an earthquake. A new detailed seismic assessment of the National War Memorial’s Carillon Tower completed in 2020 found it to have a seismic strength of 15% of the New Building Standard (NBS). All buildings with a rating of less than 34% are considered earthquake prone.

The wider Pukeahu National War Memorial Park and the Queen Elizabeth II Pukeahu Education Centre remain open.


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