In March 2017, the Turkish Memorial was unveiled at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in the presence of the Turkish Ambassador His Excellency Ahmet Ergin with former Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry.

Designed by New Zealand artist Gunner Matt Gauldie, it features words of reconciliation widely attributed to Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and a Turkish red pine (pinus brutia) descended from the original Lone Pine at Gallipoli. The tree is positioned immediately behind the bronze plaque and can be seen through Atatürk’s words.

The Turkish Memorial at Pukeahu.

The reddish-brown polished concrete plinth features stones from the beaches of Gallipoli.

The lone pine and the new bronze memorial complements the existing Atatürk Memorial in Seatoun, which was installed in 1990.

The Turkish memorial is one of three unveiled at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in 2017.

The British and Belgian memorials were unveiled in July and October.  A French memorial will be installed early next year in time for Anzac Day 2018, followed by American and Canadian memorials.

Each is a testament to our international relationships, and the shared values, the freedoms and the quality of life our countries have fought for and continue to support today.

The Australian Memorial was the first to be installed at Pukeahu before Anzac Day 2015.

Related links

Atatürk Memorial

Memorial unveiling strengthens New Zealand-Turkish ties

Updated on 16th May 2018