Pukeahu National War Memorial Park COMPETITION
MAUMOANA: PACIFIC ISLAND MEMORIAL PROPOSAL
location: State Highway 1, Te Aro, Wellington
clients: ministry for culture and heritage
Program: design competition
services: architectural consultancy, mau tu
Our proposal connects the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park to a wider regional identity – MAUMOANA. The sacred place not only honours and respects the lives lost during global war and conflicts, but also what they fought for; our people, our land, our ocean. In honour and respect of these lives, the memorial explores the realities and worldviews of Pasifika peoples - that the ocean brings peace, harmony, and connectedness to our people. Additionally, it becomes a place where people can exchange their stories and experiences of war, peacekeeping, and our collective energy to mitigate environmental impacts on the entity that connects all our nations – the Ocean.
Our proposal draws inspiration from the Ocean in hope that it also inspires and educates all communities on who we are, how we arrived to Aotearoa, and our connection back to our homelands. MAUMOANA consists of three distinctive features; the VAKA (roof form) (unified term for vessel), POU TU (vertical members) (unified term for posts), and MOANA (the base) (unified term for “Ocean”).