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 COVID-19 Alert Levels 1 and 2. The public are welcome to attend under Alert Level 1. 

Malaya Malaysia Operations commemoration Thursday 16 September 2021

Unfortunately, the national commemoration to mark New Zealand's post-Second World War operations in Malaya and Malaysia has been cancelled due to increased COVID-19 alert levels.

We appreciate that the cancellation of this ceremony will be disappointing, especially for veterans and their whānau. We look forward to honouring them in person at future commemorations.

While we were unable to gather this year, we continue to remember the service and sacrifice of those lost, and to acknowledge the ongoing impact of war carried by those who came home and their families.

We also invite people to participate in online activities to honour those who served. 

Malaya Malaysia Operations online resources:  


List of 2021 ceremonies at Pukeahu

Updated on 16th September 2021