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Summary Page: Memorial Park 4: a roading project to remember those who served at war
Term 1 starting 24 March 2015.

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This is the fourth of four LEARNZ Memorial Park virtual field trips. Enrol your class now.

During this fourth trip you will see the final stages of creating Pukeahu National War Memorial Park: the terraces covered in grass and trees, pathways and seats, and the paved Ceremonial Plaza in front of the National War Memorial. You will get a sense of what this new space will be like on Anzac Day for commemoration services broadcast nationwide. You will also find out what the park will be like as a place of contemplation, and what it will be like for commuters, tourists and recreational users.

Teacher comments about previous Memorial Park field trips

"Because my class has been following the Memorial Park field trips from 1-3 (and will do 4) they really enjoyed seeing the progress made and hearing from the same experts again. They felt they were developing a connection." Marcia Ferguson, Rosebank School.

"Having followed the earlier trips this one (#3) linked really effectively. They provide sound background as students carry out inquiries next year that mark 100 years since Gallipoli." Gabriel Hawke, St Marys School

"Having joined the Memorial Park 2 trip, students were keen to see what had happened over six months (leading up to Memorial Park 3)." Robina Smythe, Te Aho o Te Kura Punamu

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  • Soon after this field trip, on Anzac Day 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, called Pukeahu National War Memorial 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.

To prepare for this last field trip of four, LEARNZ content will support inquiry into:

  • 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 Pukeahu National War Memorial Park
  • creating a National Memorial precinct
  • urban design and public spaces
  • the benefits of this project to New Zealanders, local residents and to the economy
  • the technology involved in large scale underground roading projects

During this last field trip of four you will:

  • participate with students in the dawn ceremony on 25 March, where local Māori will lift the tapu and the Park will be blessed so people can walk through it
  • after you watch the fences being taken down, wander through the newly created Pukeahu National War Memorial Park to get a sense of it as a public space
  • visit the Tangata Whenua Gardens and get the story behind the carving of its three huge rocks
  • visit the two pavilions at Torey St and Taranaki St
  • revisit the restored Home of Compassion creche and find out about its future role as an interpretation centre
  • visit the Australian War Memorial in the Park with its aboriginal designs
  • see important technology behind the creation of the park
  • see how preparations are going for WW100 and ANZAC Day 2015
  • meet students from a visiting school and discuss ideas related to the commemoration events
  • find out more about how the park has been designed and created
  • get a closer look at the rain gardens, irrigation and terrace walls
  • discover the opportunities for careers in design engineering and construction engineering when creating landscaped parks
  • put questions to civil engineers, environmental scientists, geologists, historians, 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 Pukeahu National War Memorial Park 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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  • How teachers use LEARNZ

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