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National War Memorial remains open

National War Memorial staff want to reassure people the Wellington landmark remains open to visitors during its current renovation.

View of the National War Memorial on Anzac Day 2012.

Scaffolding went up around the Buckle St building in April to enable an extensive maintenance programme to take place coinciding with the memorial's 80th anniversary.

The renovation work is progressing well but it will be several months before it is completed and the scaffolding can be removed.

National War Memorial curator Paul Riley says the number of visitors has dropped by more than half since work began but he is hoping word will spread the building remains open.

"We're asking people to bear with us - it's a bit noisy from time to time but members of the public are very welcome."

Unfortunately while the maintenance work progresses, the carillon cannot be played.

However, next month is a busy time for the National War Memorial with several ceremonies scheduled.

On June 6, crew from the Chilean training ship Esmeralda will visit and on June 14, a wreath laying ceremony will take place to mark the 70th anniversary of the US Forces' arrival in New Zealand during the Second World War.

Then on June 25, the 62nd anniversary of the Korean War will also be marked.

Members of the public are also welcome to attend a free lecture and recital by the National Congress of New Zealand Organists on June 2, starting at 10.30am.

The National War Memorial is open from 10.30am-4.30pm Monday to Saturday and from midday to 4.30pm on Sundays.