Ceremonies at the National War Memorial

A detailed seismic assessment report has recently been completed on the National War Memorial Building. While Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage works through this report and make sure it understands any implications, the decision was made to temporarily close the building. Pukeahu National War Memorial Park remains open.

Annual national commemorations have been changed to a new format in response to the closure of the National War Memorial and Hall of Memories.

These will now take the form of Acts of Remembrance (wreathlaying ceremonies), which will be held at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.

Acts of Remembrance ceremonies will continue to include the appropriate veteran and government representatives, and will proceed under the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights) system.

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER: Vietnam Veterans' Day, Thursday 18 August

UPDATE: This event has been cancelled due to stormy weather conditions. You can read more on our Facebook page.

Members of the public are invited to join the annual commemoration to mark Vietnam Veterans’ Day on Thursday 18 August. 

This commemoration provides an opportunity to remember the service and sacrifice of those who served and died in the Vietnam War, and to acknowledge the ongoing impact of war carried by those who came home and their families.

People wishing to attend the commemoration are asked to arrive at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at Pukeahu at 10.45am for an 11am start.

Please note: this is an outdoor event. Seating will be available. Attendees are encouraged to follow all relevant COVID-19 guidelines and face masks are recommended.

More information about the Vietnam War is available on the NZ History website: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/war/vietnam-war

Photographs from the ceremony will be shared on the Pukeahu Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pukeahu 

List of 2022 ceremonies at Pukeahu

Updated on 18th August 2022