'We shall remember them'
November 2013 update
The Memorial's Hall of Memories is currently closed while earthquake strengthening work takes place. Along with the ongoing Memorial Park construction work, we are currently not offering any educational visits due to the limited access to the Memorial. However please contact us if you have any questions.
Curator Paul Riley talking to a school group.
The primary goal of a visit to the National War Memorial is to help learners to remember and understand the New Zealand experience of war and its enduring impact on New Zealand society.
Our education programme draws on the many personal stories associated with the New Zealand experience of war. We explore the reasons why we continue to remember the service and sacrifice of New Zealand servicemen and women.
A visit to the National War Memorial will facilitate empathy and understanding of commemoration. In particular it enables the learner to:
- develop a personal/community connection with the New Zealand experience of war
- to understand the role/purpose of the Memorial as a place of national significance including the Hall of Memories, Tomb of the Unknown Warrior and Carillon (with 74 bells the world’s third largest)
- to understand the place of ceremony and ritual including the opportunity to participate in their own wreath laying ceremony
- to understand the enduring impact of war on New Zealand society.
Educational visits to the National War Memorial are free of charge and can be tailored to meet the needs of primary and secondary school students. Click on the 'arrange a visit' link located at the top of this page. Once your booking request has been received, a member of the team will be in touch to confirm your visit and discuss the specific requirements of your visit.
To prepare for your visit it is strongly recommended that you visit the following web sites:
For further information on the National War Memorial.
For further information on the New Zealand experience of war visit NZHistory.
For further ideas on teaching visit The Classoom website.
A Wellington childcare group visiting in May 2012.