Pacific Islands Memorial
Due to be unveiled in April 2020, the Pacific Islands Memorial will represent New Zealand’s enduring friendship with the Pacific Islands and the service of Pacific Islanders who fought for New Zealand in the two World Wars and later conflicts. The design depicts a bronze conch shell, a symbol deeply rooted in Pacific cultures, which will have a patina finish with remembrance poppies.
The winning design by artist Michel Tuffery MNZM and Herriot, Melhuish and O’Neil Architects was selected by an expert judging panel following a national design competition.
The design, named Te Reo Hotunui o Te Moana nui a Kiwa - The deep sigh of the Pacific recalls the conch shell left in the Arras Tunnels by Kuki Airani (Cook Island) soldiers of The New Zealand tunnelling Company and the New Zealand (Māori) Pioneer Battalion, who were stationed beneath the town of Arras during 1916 to 1918.
The winning design was unveiling in October 2018 by Associate Minister Arts, Culture and Heritage Hon Carmel Sepuloni and His Excellency Fisa Pihigia, High Commissioner for Niue, who chaired the design judging panel. A mauri stone ceremony was also conducted, which saw stones from the Pacific Islands and New Zealand placed beneath what will be the foundations of the memorial.
The Pacific Islands Memorial is a joint initiative by the 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.
Updated on 12th December 2019