Pukeahu educator, Ashley Mackenzie-White with a visitor at the Battle of the Somme Commemoration

Visiting Pukeahu National War Memorial Park is a time to reflect, but also to learn. A visit to the park is an essential experience for schools investigating themes relating to New Zealand's military history and concepts relating to national identity, expressions of citizenship and commemoration.

The National War Memorial is the heart of the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. The education programme includes visits to the National War Memorial and Pukeahu.

Click on the above menu on the right-hand side to learn more about Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.

The education programme supports the New Zealand curriculum and is relevant to a number of areas. It is student focused with an inquiry-based approach. Based on the old adage, tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand, students, with the aid of experienced educators, are helped to construct their own understanding of the themes and content on display. Questions are posed, evidence is gathered, and decisions are made to improve learning outcomes for students.

We can tailor a programme to meet the learning needs of your group – or you can select from one of our themes.

What you need to know

  • A minimum of one hour is recommended to explore Pukeahu National War Memorial Park and visit the National War Memorial. 
  • Group size is limited to 40 or fewer, although larger groups may be accommodated by prior arrangement
  • For school visits, standard adult-to-student ratios apply (RAM form available here)
  • Pukeahu is suitable for all ages
  • Bookings are essential


Queen Elizabeth II Pukeahu Education Centre

In August 2016 the Queen Elizabeth II Pukeahu Education Centre at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park was opened by the former Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae accompanied by the former Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key and the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Hon Maggie Barry. Visit NZHistory to learn more about the former Home of Compassion Creche building.

With over 10,000 students through the education programme already the Centre is a place for us to expand our programme to include civics education and an active citizenship experience. It is a place for students to create meaningful responses to their experience here at Pukeahu.


Students create their own Coats of Arms in the Pukeahu Education Centre. Photo by Mark Tantrum.

Students from Wellington High, Wellington College and St Patricks College, Silverstream in the research and library space. Photo by Mark Tantrum.

Risk Assessment Management (RAM) Form

Please read Pukeahu's Risk Assessment Management (RAM) form prior to your visit.

Framework for the Education Programme at Pukeahu

This pedagogical framework for the education programme here at Pukeahu presents a series of nine principles that are intended as ‘design tools’ for developing powerful learning experiences for teachers contemplating a visit to Pukeahu. 

Additional Material for Schools

Additional material will be available online to help schools prepare for visits and to support their learning during and following a visit. This material will also support those unable to visit in person.


027 588 9857
Queen Elizabeth II Pukeahu Education Centre, 18 Buckle Street (off Tory Street), Pukeahu National War Memorial Park
PO Box 5364, Wellington 6145


Updated on 12th December 2018