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The Benefits of the New Zealand Memorial Park

The Memorial Park project is a chance to not only improve the way traffic flows through Wellington but also to provide New Zealanders with a space for significant days of remembrance.

What is special about Anzac Day 2015?

The National War Memorial Park is being built for the 100th anniversary of the First World War that was fought from 1914 to 1918. All over the world, countries are making plans to remember what happened to their people in that war and the wars that followed.

Why should we commemorate Anzac Day?

Anzac Day is a day of remembrance for all New Zealanders who have been involved in war. It remembers the 30,000 New Zealanders who have died in these wars and the 300,000 who have served their country and survived to come home again.

Memorial services are times when we reflect on the impact wars have had on our lives. Huge crowds often come to the services at the National War Memorial and they will have more space to gather together once the park is created and the road is underground in a tunnel.

Other benefits

Memorial Park will also:

  • improve the setting of the National War Memorial
  • create a space for new memorials from countries with whom New Zealand has a close military relationship
  • provide a valuable space for future memorials and commemorations of future significant events
  • contribute to New Zealanders’ sense of national identity
  • increase access to the Memorial precinct, create pathways for people to move through, as well as spaces for people to pause and reflect
  • fit into the Wellington City Council’s long term plan for a ‘greener’ city, connecting Government House with the parliamentary district through a ‘green corridor
  • create more ‘green-space’, making walking and cycling to work easier for the city’s residents, as well as enhancing the local area.


When the National War Memorial was first built it was easier to access. Now that Wellington is larger, roads, traffic and other buildings have all impacted on this area. By undergrounding Buckle Street a larger Memorial Park can be created. Image: Public Domain.


At the dedication of the Carillon in 1932 there was plenty of space for the 50,000 people who gathered. Now there is less space and a road divides the park from the Memorial. A new Memorial Park will provide plenty of space for people to gather. Image: Alexander Turnbull Library.


The new Memorial Park will provide green space, easy access, improve traffic flow and safety for pedestrians and cyclists. Image: NZTA.

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