Photography: Geoff Comfort

The New Zealand Memorial

Anzac Parade
Canberra
Australia
2001

Kingsley Baird/Studio of Pacific Architecture

Mau tena kiwai o te kete, maku tenei
Each of us at a handle of the basket

The memorial, which includes two 11-metre high bronze kete handles, expresses remembrance specific to New Zealand’s contemporary national and cultural identity and the New Zealand-Australian relationship by combining Maori and Pakeha symbolic and visual elements. For example, the design is based on a Maori saying expressing universal notions of sharing the load (and sacrifice), and includes major indigenous (Maori and Aboriginal) design elements (paving).