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Project Update

Building of the underpass has been completed and the tunnel is now open. Work on the National War Memorial Park is underway.

Overview of the second field trip

  • Strength and resilience was a key part of this field trip. A lot of steel and concrete was being used to build the tunnel.
  • You met Russell Scoones to see what had to be done on site before the concrete was poured.
  • Cole Meiring described how the tunnel is being built strong enough to withstand a 1 in 2,500 year earthquake.
  • You met Htut Win and heard how the team is moving the Home of Compassion Crèche in one piece to become part of the National War Memorial Park.
  • Historian Mathew Tonks talked about why the historic crèche is being kept as part of the Memorial Park.
  • You saw how stormwater and groundwater is being managed.
  • Katherine Heays shared her thoughts on what it is like working in the construction industry.
  • You met Construction Manager Steve Croft who showed how all the teams within the Memorial Park Alliance are organised.
  • You visited Mount Cook School and found out how the students have been part of this construction project.

What’s happening now?

The tunnel opened to traffic a month early. The first cars drove into the tunnel late on Sunday, 28 September 2014. The day before about 10,000 people walked through the tunnel during an open day.

It is called the Arras Tunnel. The name comes from a French town where the New Zealand Tunnelling Company served from November 1916 during the First World War. The tunnel is lined with poppies to sybolise New Zealanders who lost their lives during this war.

Building of the memorials, open spaces and walkways, which will be the Memorial Park, has started. The park will be open in time for Anzac Day 2015.

More information on Arras

You can read more about the New Zealand tunnelling operations near Arras, France during the First World War:

See also: Memorial Park Alliance update, 5 September 2014 for more information about the Arras Tunnel and latest happenings around the project site.

  • Māori keywords

  • Samoan keywords

    ma'a fa'amanatu memorial, monument, memory
    paka / malae park
    Taua Muamua ole Lalolagi First World War
    Malae Fa’amanatu ole Taua National War Memorial Park
    amataga aloaia opening ceremony
    Aso Fa’amanatu o ‘au tau o Ausetalia ma Niu Sila Anzac Day
    auala lalo ole laupapa tunnel
    auala road
  • Tongan keywords

    fakamanatu / maka fakamanatu memorial, monument, memory
    mala'e park
    Tau lahi ‘a Mamani hono ‘Uluaki First World War
    Mala’e Fakafonua hono Fakamanatua e Tau National War Memorial Park
    kātoanga huufi opening ceremony
    ‘Aho Fakamanatu ‘o e kau tau ‘a ‘Aositelēlia mo Nu’u Sila Anzac Day
    tafu tunnel
    hala road
  • Cook Islands Māori keywords

    akama'ara'anga memorial, monument, memory
    akamaraanga park
    Tamakianga Mua First World War
    - National War Memorial Park
    Uipa'anga opening ceremony
    Ra Va‘e‘au Anzac Day
    tāana tunnel
    ara road
  • Niuean keywords

    fakamanatuaga maka tuaga mau memorial, monument, memory
    male park
    Koe tau fakamua he Lalolagi First World War
    Male/Kaina  ke Fakamanatu aki e tau Kautau National War Memorial Park
    Fakaulu Hafagi opening ceremony
    Aho Fakamanatu he tau  Kautau ha Osetalia mo Niusilani Anzac Day
    hala he lalo kelekele tunnel
    puhala road

Asphalting the tunnel from the Taranaki Street portal. Image: NZTA.


A worker asphalting the road inside the tunnel. Image: NZTA.


The tunnel ready for white line marking. Image: NZTA.


A crowd at the Arras Tunnel opening ceremony. Image: NZTA.


Descendants of the WW1 New Zealand Tunnelling Company lead the crowd through Arras Tunnel. Image: NZTA.


Arras Tunnel with the Carillon in the background. Image: NZTA.


Poppies in the Arras Tunnel. Image: NZTA.


The Arras Tunnel opens to traffic. Image: NZTA.

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