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After the government has announced a new project to put the road underground, the Memorial Park Alliance team worked with the Ministry of Culture and Heritage and the Wellington City Council to deliver this historic project in time for the Anzac Day Centenary Commemorations in April 2015.

Keeping the community informed

The Alliance worked to keep the community informed. Information was provided about each of the four phases of work to enable the community to understand what was being done:

  • phase one – site preparation
  • phase two – dig the trench
  • phase three – construct the tunnel
  • phase four – build the park. 

Summary of earlier engagement

The idea of putting Buckle Street (State Highway 1) underground outside the National War Memorial has been tested several times over the past five to seven years, most recently as part of the Cobham Drive to Buckle Street improvement project in 2011. Of the over 2000 submissions received from the community, approximately 1,300 comments were made about the Memorial Park/Buckle Street developments.

If you’d like more information on these comments, read the Community engagement summary report [PDF, 4.4 MB].

A number of interested parties also have been directly consulted over the past few years, including:

  • Wellington City Council
  • Greater Wellington Regional Council
  • Mt Cook Primary School
  • local residents
  • Massey University
  • iwi (Wellington Tenths Trust)
  • New Zealand Defence Force
  • Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association
  • the National War Memorial Advisory Council.