Tēnā koe

Me tuku mihi i roto i te hononga o te Karauna me tōu iwi me ōu hapū i pūmau ai te mana o te whenua i Te Whanganui a Tara nei. He kaupapa whakahirahira tēnei kia hāpai ake ai te mana o Te Maharatanga Pakanga o te Motu mō ngā iwi katoa o Aotearoa. Ko Te Pitowhenua o Waitangi te wāhi tuatahi o Aotearoa, akene pea ko Te Maharatanga Pakanga o Te Motu te wāhi tuarua. Tēna koa, tukuna mai ōu whakaaro mō te wāhi nei.

We’re writing to let you know that we are proposing National War Memorial/Te Maharatanga Pakanga o Te Motu, 19 Buckle Street, Welllington, for recognition as a National Historic Landmark/Ngā Manawhenua o Aotearoa me ōna Kōrero Tūturu (NHL) (List No. 10002).

What are National Historic Landmarks?

NHL is a list of places of outstanding national heritage value that are cornerstones of our shared identity and taonga to New Zealanders. Its purpose is to promote the long-term protection of these places, including from natural disaster, and to help prioritise the government’s heritage conservation effort. In 2019 the Te Pitowhenua Waitangi Treaty Grounds became the first National Historic Landmark and it is hoped the National War Memorial will become the second.

Why National War Memorial?

The National War Memorial at Pukeahu is New Zealand’s state monument to those who have served and fallen in overseas wars and peacekeeping operations. The country’s foremost living symbol of national and personal remembrance and reflection, it is the focal point of generations of memory. As the pre-eminent place for war commemoration, in a landscape of great cultural and historical significance, the National War Memorial is of outstanding historical, cultural, and physical heritage value.

The extent is limited to the Carillon, the Hall of Memories, the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, the grand staircase and the lion’s head fountain, and the immediate landscape plantings surrounding these built elements, due to eligibility requirements for the programme. The heritage values of the wider cultural and historic landscape may be considered in the future.

Please read the enclosed information

We’ve attached a document that explains why we think National War Memorial is a good candidate for recognition as an NHL. It is also on landmarks.nz

Please tell us what you think

Let us know your views by 1 March 2023 by:

  • Completing a short survey at landmarks.nz
  • Emailing your views to submissionsCR@heritage.org.nz
  • or posting a letter to Jamie Jacobs, Director Central Region, Heritage New Zealand, PO Box 2629, WELLINGTON 6140.

Please advise us in writing if you need more time to make a submission — we may be able to extend the submission period.

We’ll consider all submissions and share the outcome with you

The Heritage New Zealand Board will consider the proposal alongside all of the submissions received, before forwarding their recommendation to the Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage for approval. Following the Minister’s decision, we will let you know the outcome.

Contact us for more information

If you have any questions, please contact Kerryn Pollock, Area Manager Central Region, at kpollock@heritage.org.nz or 04 494 8320.

Nāku noa, nā

Jamie Jacobs
Director Central Region

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