In perhaps a poetic turn of events, our last blog post (sorry it’s been a while!) focused on the opening of Pukeahu National War Memorial Park; this succeeding post celebrates its success.

Since Pukeahu National War Memorial Park’s opening in April last year, the park has certainly been tried and tested by the public, via large scale events such as Anzac day (2015) where 50,000 people gathered for the dawn service, to smaller scale use via everyday activities such as family picnics on the lawn.

Earlier this month (May, 2016) it was the industry’s turn to judge the park’s achievement, at the NZIA Wellington Architecture Awards. And like the public, the NZIA deemed the park a success!


WALA (Wraight Athfield Landscape + Architecture) picked up the top prize for two categories:

  • Winner of the Planning and Urban Design award, and
  • Joint winner of the Public Architecture award.


Pukeahu National War Memorial Park was also awarded the following during 2015:

  • Winner – Landscape Award, Infrastructure Award and the Supreme Award, NZ Concrete Society Awards
  • Merit – Urban Design and Architectural Award, Wellington Property Awards
  • Winner – NZ Indigenous and Speciality Timber Award, NZ Timber Design Awards


Award success is a fantastic reward for all those who were involved in the making of the park. Our thanks go out to everyone involved, and of course to the NZIA for the awards.


For more on Pukeahu National War Memorial Park see:–media/heritage-rules-the-day-at-2016-wellington-architecture-awards.aspx