Megan Wraight and John Hardwick Smith – from competition to completion

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A collaboration between Megan Wraight and John Hardwick Smith of Wraight and Athfield Landscape and Architecture, has seen them complete the latest contribution to Wellington’s forward thinking public spaces, the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.

It has been years in the making, but from winning the contract in a competition, to now with completion, we are all able to enjoy Wellington’s newest public space.

In this interview Megan and John talk about the history, the challenges and the vision behind the design of the park.

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Photos of the Team (left to right – Jeremy Perrot, Phil Marks, John Hardwick-Smith, Nicole Thompson, Megan Wraight.

The Landscape Architectural and Architectural Design Team for Memorial Park has been led by Megan Wraight and John Hardwick-Smith of Wraight Athfield Landscape and Architecture (WALA).  WALA is a joint venture company between Athfield Architects and Wraight and Associates.  The Design Team also included Nicole Thompson; Jeremy Perrot; Phil Mark; Matt Pepper; Nick Griffin; Felix Smith; Andre Bishop; John McIntyre and Jess Ferris.

Photos by Neil Pardington (Neil has also been the signage designer for the park and tunnel)

BY THE NUMBERS- thanks to Stuff NZ

775,000 work hours

35,000 square metres of soil removed

21,000 square metres of park

17,000 perennial plants

6500 square meters of pathway

4500 square metres of granite paving

3850 square metres of grass

3000 square metres of garden

2700 truck and trailer loads of soil carted away

1820 tonnes of concrete

1800 workers spent time on site

1000 square-metre ceremonial plaza in front of the war memorial

300 metre-long Arras Tunnel underneath

220 workers on site at the peak of construction

165 trees of six different types

120 million to build the park and tunnel underneath

75 olive trees

46 bollards to restrict car movements

35 seats made of Eucalyptus Saligna timber

30 months to build the tunnel and park

32 pohutakawa trees

25 kowhai trees

18 eucalyptus trees

10 titoki trees

5 northern rata trees

1 Tomb of the Unknown Warrior


Daria Malesic- the remembrance

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Daria Malesic is the researcher and editor from the Transmit Media-Creative team for the incredible WW1 Remembrance Light and Sound show, on right now at the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. Tracking down thousands of archival images that tell our kiwi stories from WW1 would be a challenge enough but even more so when you have a war story of your own.


Presented by Wellington City Council and WW100 in partnership with Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Alexander Turnbull Library, and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Directed and produced by: Transmit in association with Storybox and Spyglass
Additional images and footage from various institutions in the cultural sector.

Original art and design: Ngataiharuru Taepa, Michel Tuffery, Laurence Aberhart, William D. Hammond, and Component Art

Music: kuki
Original compositions: Iain Gordon and Aaron Tokona
Sound Mix: Darren Maynard and Munki Studio

Patrick Morgan – get on with it

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Are you fed up with cycle lanes like this? Do you believe that Wellington has so much potential to lead with an A1, safe, cycling Infrastructure? Well so does Patrick Morgan of Cycle Aware Wellington and he really wants us all to tell the Council “To Get On With It”. In this interview he talks about why Wellington’s cycling community are joining in a rally this Teusday 21st to get the council to get on with and make cycling safe by making  separate infrastructure on main routes.

And why wouldn’t you when Patrick says the benefits will be local businesses will do better, you’ll have more cash in your pocket as well as making driving less stressful for motorists.

For more info on the rally Tuesday  21 st at 12.10 pm starting at the Railway station for a short on mass rise to Civic Square.

Siv Fraerestad and Mark Amery – Projected Fields

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Artist Siv B Fjaerestad talks about “Park Painting”. Yes you heard that right, she is about to create what will be Wellington’s largest public artwork called Projected Fields- a giant painting that will spread across Berhampore’s Macalister and Liardet St. Parks.

And all of us Wellingtonians are invited to a giant picnic to help activate it, this Sunday the 19th of April at 12pm.
Advocate for art in public spaces, Mark Amery also joins this discussion about the vision behind this extraordinary art adventure.

For more about the event :

Pinaman Owusu – African Fashion Queen

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If you are interested in beautiful clothes or following big dreams then this is an introduction to a striking young Ghanaian Wellingtonian woman Pinaman Owusu.
She is on a mission to connect New Zealand and Africa through fashion and the first ever Africa Fashion Festival New Zealand.
Before I had this interview I wasn’t sure why I would want to wear African fashion but after hearing about why she wants to do this, I do now.

To Donate to the Spark My Potentail by Monday 6th of April

More about the African Fashion Festival here

Pinaman’s fav track by Kiwi band Weird Together, filmed in Accra Ghana.