War Memorial Park plans announced
Tue, 07 Aug 2012 8:52a.m.
A National War Memorial Park, costing up to $87 million, will be built across State Highway 1 in Wellington in time for Anzac Day in 2015, the Government has announced.
The $12m park will link together the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, the National War Memorial, the Hall of Memories and the National Carillion, just north of the Basin Reserve, it was confirmed on Tuesday.
State Highway 1 runs through the planned park area, and the New Zealand Transport Agency will spend up to $75m sending the road, Buckle St, underground.
Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Christopher Finlayson says the park will provide a space for people to congregate on major occasions.
"The number of people attending Anzac Day celebrations is increasing and immediate space around the War Memorial is more often than not at full capacity. This shows the importance New Zealanders attach to our military history, and the reverence we continue to have for such occasions."
Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee says a tunnel under the park is the only sensible option for a very important site.
The road going underground would unite the precinct; increase the accessibility of the National War Memorial, and limit the effects of traffic on visitors as they contemplate history, he said.
"This is a first, best option, not any kind of compromise solution for such an important project."
The Wellington City Council will contribute $2.11m towards the park while the government will fund the balance, and pick up the bill for the cut-and-cover project of SH1, estimated to cost $70-75m. Work will start early next year.
The Australian government has contributed $6.4 million for an Australian memorial, which will stand opposite the National War Memorial.
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown welcomed the park development.
"This is a victory for long term thinking about Memorial Park."
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13/08/2012 9:58:57 a.m.
Gerald Henslie wrote:
Not more welfare-militaristic nonsense.The lesson of Vietnam is that its all for NOTHING! Dont join, dont die. After 20 years noone thinks it was worth it. guys in now, get out and save your skins. Dont expect any sympathy if you pay your penny and take your chances.
9/08/2012 2:08:05 p.m.
chris kinder wrote:
why is this government spending money on something we really don't need during these of cash fallout.look at the underprivileged first.they are New Zealanders to.stop spending millions on things that aren't necessary.or put it back into the community for crying out loud.
7/08/2012 10:55:58 a.m.
what a waste of money. why do we celebrate death and killing people! we should be celebrating life and loving everything! society is so immature.. the military industrial complex is both outdated, immoral and no excuse for murder
7/08/2012 10:45:40 a.m.
As the son of a former returned 2NZEF Soldier and having served myself in a small way I have full respect for our fallen heros.However it absolutely amazes me to see the funds available for a project such as this. To say our war veterans have been unfairly teated by successive governments is an understatement. The most recent the Viet Nam Veterans' struggle for compensation for Agent Orange damage. Other veterans have had to pay their own way to memorial ceremonies overseas. With some scepticism one would wonder if this is more about politicians and dignatories building a place to ponce about on special occasions. With this and the announcement of millions of taxpayers dollars to be spent moving the Treaty of Waitangi document to a new position I can't fathom it out in these tight fiscal times when the government is raising funds flogging off more of our state owned assets.
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