Facts & Figures

  • $10mContribution towards Peace & Conflict Museum

  • $5mContribution for Pukeahu National War Memorial Par

The years 2014–2018 mark the centenary of the First World War. More than 100,000 New Zealanders were directly involved in that conflict, from a population of just over a million.

Artists impression of upgrade work at the Cenotaph
Artist's impression of the upgrades at the Cenotaph

Wellington City Council is working in partnership with the Government and others to commemorate New Zealand’s involvement in the war.

Pukeahu National War Memorial Park is the Government’s major project to acknowledge the centenary, and to commemorate New Zealanders who participated and died in World War I. The City Council contributed $5 million towards the parks creation.

The Ministry for Culture and Heritage is also developing an interpretation, exhibition and education centre, offering visitors opportunities to learn about New Zealand’s involvement in military campaigns, and the impact of these campaigns on the country.

The Council is supporting this exhibition and will work with the Government on the concept of establishing a permanent facility.

This would add to the area's significance as a place of national commemoration and reflection.


  • Strengthen culture, identity and understanding of Wellington and national history.
  • Commemorate New Zealanders' involvement in Word War I.


  • In a joint project with Parliament, the Council is currently redeveloping the Cenotaph site on the northern end of Lambton Quay. This will provide more public space for Anzac Day commemorations and provides an edge to the parliamentary precinct.
  • A provisional Peace and Conflict museum contribution from Council is budgeted at $10m capital investment in 2015/16

What you think

60% Feedback received that supports our overall plan

15 Number of times people have told us what they think about this idea

60% Feedback received that supports this idea

#28 Out of 28 ideas based on amount of feedback received.

Who would benefit most?

40% Other
20% Local residents
20% Visitors to Wellington
13% Future generations
7% NZ as a whole
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How should we prioritise it?

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  • David, Oriental Bay

    I disagree with a permanent facility dedicated to war commemoration in this wonderful building. Would much rather see it brought back into use as the site for a national Art Gallery, or as an extension to Te Papa, rather than be associated with war

  • Noah, Mount Cook

    For a country that commemorates Anzac day every year - an important day in the country's history - I often wondered why Wellington didn't have a national war museum, so this is overdue and will be an appropriate addition to Wellington's existing visitor attractions - and will be an excellent accompaniment to Te Papa. The sooner it happens the better!