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Summary Page: Memorial Park 2: a roading project to remember those who served at war
Term 2 starting 13 May 2014.

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Note: The four field trips for Memorial Park are now complete.

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This is the second of four LEARNZ Memorial Park virtual field trips. During this second trip you will see road workers constructing the tunnel floor, walls and roof and see the new road being built to run from the Basin Reserve to Taranaki Street.

The 4 Memorial Park field trips. Cut is the theme for Field Trip 1. Cover is the theme for Field Trip 2. Cars is the theme for Field Trip 3. Park is the theme for Field Trip 4.

Teachers - here is a rare opportunity for students to become part of a large and very special national project leading up to First World War commemorations. Bring your students to Wellington and let us get them involved in the undergrounding of State Highway One; climbing high up the War Memorial Carillon tower amongst its 74 bells to oversee the city and the project site; locating and preserving historical artefacts and getting to know members of the team responsible for the $120 million dollar construction project.

This trip fits well with big ideas like national identity, transport, teamwork, heritage, community, citizenship, economic development, sustainability. This trip will be a highly motivating experience. We'd love to have your students involved with this nationally significant project. Enrol your class now!


  • On Anzac Day in 2015, New Zealand will commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landings and the efforts of our soldiers during World War One. Events will be held at Anzac Cove in Turkey and in large and small towns all over New Zealand. The largest event in New Zealand will be held at the National War Memorial on Buckle Street in Mt Cook suburb in Wellington.
  • When the National War Memorial's Carillon tower was opened in 1932 it was highly visible from most areas of Wellington city. Skyscrapers block people's view from the inner city these days but the tower still has a commanding view out over the harbour. The busy State Highway 1 runs along Buckle Street in front of it.
  • In August 2012 the Prime Minister announced a project to create a National War Memorial Park by putting the busy highway along Buckle Street into a tunnel so the park could be built on top. This park will be the Government's key project to acknowledge the centenary of the First World War and will be the centrepiece of Anzac Day commemorations in 2015. It will be a tranquil place where anyone can come at any time to reflect on the impact war has had on our lives.

In preparation for this field trip you will learn about:

  • the significance of the roading network as an economic and social asset and community space owned by all New Zealanders
  • the First World War and New Zealand's involvement
  • Mt Cook (Pukeahu), its historical significance and the origins of Memorial Park
  • creating a National Memorial precinct
  • the benefits of this project to New Zealanders, local residents and to the economy
  • the technology involved in large scale underground roading projects

During the field trip you will:

  • climb up 50m to the top of the 74-bell National War Memorial Carillon tower and view the city and undergrounding project
  • journey along State Highway One through Wellington city and pass right in front of the National War Memorial
  • inspect a scale model to get a sense of the scale and importance of this project
  • get permission to enter the construction area and see how the tunnel is being built
  • see the latest technology and construction methods being used
  • discover once buried treasures and see how these are being preserved
  • sit in the driver's seats of large construction machinery
  • visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
  • put questions to and meet engineers, geologists, digger drivers, managers and designers responsible for this project

Where you will go

You will fly into Wellington Airport and drive the short distance along State Highway One to the city, passing the National War Memorial along Buckle Street. Over three days you will get to know the Wellington suburb called Mt Cook but especially the construction zone of the Memorial Park project. Note weather and other factors out of our control may influence activities during the field trip.

Learning Areas/Levels

Science: Planet Earth and Beyond Levels 2-6; Social Sciences: Social Studies Levels 2-5, Geography Level 6; Technology Levels 2-5

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