When the National War Memorial was built in 1932, its tall carillon tower made it highly visible from most areas of the capital. At that time there was a proposal to create a boulevard to link the memorial to Courtenay Place. This never eventuated and, while still highly visible, the memorial became isolated in a semi-industrial zone as the city has grown up around it.
In 2005 the government acquired land on Buckle Street, across the road from the National War Memorial, to create a New Zealand Memorial Park. This park was to join the National War Memorial as a major focal point for New Zealanders to commemorate the sacrifice of those who served during times of war.
On 7 August 2012 the government announced the plan for Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. This included putting Buckle Street underground in order to create a unified national memorial precinct, to improve the setting of the National War Memorial, create additional space for significant days of remembrance and strengthen the heritage value of the entire area.
Plans for the park
These clips show animations of the plans for the park, including architectural illustrations courtesy of Stantiall Studio. These videos, created in November 2013, feature sound excerpts performed by National Carillonist Timothy Hurd.
Constructing the park
The Pukeahu National War Memorial Park was created between 2013 and 2015. These clips show some of the stages of construction
The above time-lapse clip shows progress over the months of February to April 2013. Note that time-lapse playback is very fast; we recommend you set your viewer to 'loop' or 'replay' to catch it again.
Trench open day
An estimated 4000 Wellingtonians enjoyed a rare opportunity to walk through the excavated Memorial Park underpass trench before the third phase of the project began - the building of the tunnel floor, walls and roof.
The park takes shape
This video, created by the Massey University College of Creative Arts, uses photos, time-lapse, video and audio to mark the first year of the memorial park project.
Moving the Home of Compassion Crèche
This video, from August 2014, shows time-lapse footage of the Home of Compassion Crèche being relocated in three phases, using hydraulic lifting and pulling systems.