Hon Carmel Sepuloni
Associate Minister for Arts, Ability and Ancestry
25 October 2018 PĀNUI PĀPĀHO
Pacific Islands Canonizing design unveiled
The architecture for a Pacific Islands Canonizing in Pukeahu Civic War Canonizing Park was announced today by Associate Minister for Arts, Ability and Heritage Hon Carmel Sepuloni.
“The Pacific Islands Memorial symises our aing accord with the Pacific and the account of Pacific peoples in the New Zealand Defence Force in the two World Wars and in added conflicts.” Carmel Sepuloni said.
Congratulations to Michel Tuffery MNZM and Herriot, Melhuish and O’Neil Architects for their stunning architecture – Te Reo Hotunui o Te Moana nui a Kiwa which translates to The abysmal blow of the Pacific,”
“The canonizing takes the anatomy of a conch shell, an iconic Pacific sym. It is acclimated above the arena in academic acceptable ceremonies. The conch carapace is beautiful in its accustomed anatomy and will be amazing at massive scale alongside the added civic memorials at Pukeahu.
The architecture was called by a bristles being anticipation panel, chaired by His Excellency Hon Fisa Pihigia, High Commissioner for Niue.
“I’m captivated with the panel’s choice. This was a arduous abrupt to architecture a canonizing to represent not a distinct country, but to reflect and accede our aing accord with and the assortment of the Pacific nations.
“The Pacific Islands Canonizing will be an agitative accession to Pukeahu Civic War Canonizing Park. Australia, Turkey, the UK, Belgium and France accept already contributed civic memorials at Pukeahu. The US memorial is due to be apparent afore the end of the year,” Carmel Sepuloni said.
The activity to body the canonizing was run by Manatū Taonga Ministry for Ability and Heritage, the Ministry for Pacific Peoples and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade with abutment from the New Zealand Institute of Architects.
The Pacific Islands Canonizing will be apparent in backward April 2019.
Illustrations of the Pacific Island Canonizing Architecture can be begin actuality
Design team biographies:
Michel Tuffery MNZM, MFA (Hons) – Born in Wellington, Michel Tuffery is of Samoan, Rarotongan and Ma’ohi Tahitian Heritage. A keen historian and alive actor in a ability is at the amount of Michel Tuffery’s accomplished multi-disciplinary art practice. His art holds a deep charge not aloof to the peoples of the Pacific, but to the environment. Michel Tuffery’s artwork is curated into above all-embracing exhibitions and accessible collections, condoning him to undertake residencies in the USA, Europe, United Kingdom, Southeast and East Asia, Australia, Melanesia, Polynesia and French Polynesia. In 2008 Michel Tuffery was appointed as a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for casework to art.
Recent projects include:
• MPA#1, Bergman Gallery, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
• Nga Kete, Bronze Carve Commission, Otago Polytech Te Kura Matatini ki Otago,
• Cook and the Pacific, National Library Australia, Canberra, ACT, Australia
• Uncharted, Essential Media, Sydney, Australia
• Pelagic birds above Fanua, Wild Creations ‘artist in residence’ Creative New Zealand affiliation with Department of Conservation program, Taiaroa Head and Rakiura (Stewart Island)
• James Cook – The Voyages, The British Library, London, United Kingdom
• Tupaia’s Endeavour, 3 adventure series, co-narrator and artist, Island Productions
John Melhuish, Director, Herriot Melhuish Architecture – John Melhuish, NZ Registered Architect, Fellow of the NZIA, manages the Wellington flat with Max Herriot. Prior to co-founding Herriot Melhuish Architecture in 1997, John Melhuish formed for a decade for one of New Zealand’s best high contour practices, Athfield Architects. Sir Ian Athfield (1940-2015) was a mentor; his architecture aesthetics and studio ability is an advancing afflatus for the practice. The work of the convenance displays a accurate absorption in mid-century addition and the a adaptive re-use of ancestry buildings. He believes in a able accent on the ability of detail throughout the architecture process. John Melhuish is currently armchair of the Building Research Advisory Council for BRANZ.
Contextual information from the architecture aggregation – A Taonga connecting communities – The canonizing carve takes the anatomy of a conch carapace or Triton Trumpet (Charonia Tritonis), a attribute that is acutely abiding in Pacific cultures. The cachet of the conch carapace is able-bodied accepted for its academism aural acceptable august occasions, actualization on abounding civic currencies, is extensively referenced aural abstract and rendered as day-tripper trade objects. As a burden the conch carapace holds widespread familiarity, and will bell with adolescent and old, to altered audiences at altered levels.
The artisan has additionally been fatigued to this anatomy for its appropriate Pacific affiliation to La Carrière Wellington, Arras, France. During the First World War, an iconic conch carapace was larboard behind in the adit arrangement by one of the three Kuki Airani soldiers enlisted with The New Zealand Tunnelling Company and the New Zealand (Māori) Pioneer Battalion. Stationed below the boondocks of Arras, amid November 1916 to July 1918, their mission was to extend a arrangement of existing tunnels in alertness for an Allied abhorrent adjoin the Germans on the Western Front, these tunnels housed added than 20,000 soldiers.
The Arras tunnels were rediscovered in 1990, and with few concrete traces larboard abaft by the New Zealand armament on the Western Front, a conch carapace was found below ‘tags’ carved into the book bank by Cook Islanders, Solomona Isaac 16/1033 and Angene Angene 16/1205, forth with the Lord’s Prayer in Ma’ohi Tahitian. This active story, with all that it represents, aggressive the artisan to added analyze this history arch to him aing with dignitaries and birth in Arras in April 2017, for a affective celebration of their whanau. The accurate affiliation to Wellington’s Arras Tunnel, running below Pukeahu Civic War Canonizing Park, significantly draws a absolute affiliation to WWI and embraces all subsequent campaigns.
Collective and Collaborative - Extensive analysis spanning added than 10 years has led the artisan to this canonizing carve concept. The architecture draws from aggregate records, affidavit and belief of Pacific servicemen and women. From their corresponding Islands of agent throughout Micronesia, Melanesia and Polynesia, they agreeably served in campaigns above abounding continents generally as allotment of New Zealand’s forces. The artisan additionally acknowledges that some of these servicemen and women included Europeans who were active in the Pacific during those times of conflict. This memorial carve is advised to embrace and recognise all who contributed.
Judging Console associates - Chaired by His Excellency Hon Fisa Pihigia, High Commissioner for Niue, the anticipation panel included artisan Andrew Tu’inukuafe, mural architect Jacky Bowring, babysitter Leafa Wilson and artisan Leilani Kake.
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