Their Excellencies,The Rt Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy Governor-General of New Zealand and Sir David Gascoigne at a wreath-laying ceremony in the Hall of Memories during 2017 Armistice Day commemorations.

The National War Memorial’s governance is administered by Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, through the National War Memorial Act 1992.

Read the National War Memorial Act 1992 on New Zealand Legislation.

The National War Memorial does not permit any commercial activity either inside the building or elsewhere within its grounds.

Visitors are welcome to take photos except for promotional purposes.

You are also welcome to place flowers and other items of remembrance in the Hall of Memories or by the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.  Poppies are available for personal tributes.

The consumption of alcohol is prohibited at all times.

Use of the National War Memorial

Any requests for use of the memorial are to be made in writing to the curator (contact details below), who will contact the National War Memorial Advisory Council for consideration.

National War Memorial Advisory Council

Current members of the National War Memorial Advisory Council are:

  • TBA – chair
  • Major (Retired) Fiona Cassidy
  • Bernadette Cavanagh, Chief Executive of Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage
  • Mr Barry Clark QSM JP (National President RNZRSA)

Contact us

For any further queries, or to request use of the memorial, please contact us at nwm@mch.govt.nz or write to:

The Curator
National War Memorial
Ministry for Culture and Heritage
PO Box 5364
Wellington 6140
New Zealand


Updated on 20th September 2019