The Pukeahu National War Memorial Park – a project two years in the making – has been officially opened in Wellington.
The unique war memorial has been created to mark New Zealand’s involvement in the First World War.
About 500 people attended the memorial’s official opening last week ahead of next week’s ANZAC centenary commemorations.
Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae told the crowd New Zealand finally had a place to reflect on its history, both in peace and in conflict. He said Pukeahu Park was a shrine to the nation’s grief, and not a celebration of war.
Prime Minister John Key was also at the opening. In his speech he invited New Zealanders to use the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park as a place to reflect on New Zealand’s involvement in conflict.
Mr Key and Sir Jerry then placed a wreath on the tomb of the unknown warrior.