11.03.15 - Question 9: Paul Foster-Bell to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage

PAUL FOSTER-BELL (National) to the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: What is the Government doing to commemorate the centenary of the First World War?

Hon MAGGIE BARRY (Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage): The Government has committed more than $10 million to the official elements of the WW100 programme. These include three official legacy projects: the Ngā Tapuwae heritage trails here in New Zealand and in Europe, the Great War exhibition in Wellington, and the Cenotaph database project, which will hold the records of all New Zealanders who served in our forces. In addition, a further $120 million has been provided for the National War Memorial project, which includes major roadworks, the Arras Tunnel, and $23.8 million for Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, which opens next week.

Paul Foster-Bell: What are some significant First World War centenary projects to which the Government has committed?

Hon MAGGIE BARRY: The soon-to-be-opened Pukeahu National War Memorial Park will be the national place for New Zealanders to commemorate and reflect on our country’s experience of war and how that has shaped our national identity. New Zealanders in communities all over New Zealand have organised more than 750 initiatives, which are listed on the WW100 official website. The park, which is opening next week, will have garden memorials from countries around the world including Australia, Belgium, France, the United States, and the United Kingdom, with more to come. The Government has also helped fund the national Great War exhibition, which will be at the war memorial and it has been very generously supported by the creative genius of Sir Peter Jackson. As well as that, there is an exhibition at Te Papa that will impress all New Zealanders—Lest We Forget.

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