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Photos of the month - Te Reo Hotunui o Te Moana nui a Kiwa, or, The Deep Sigh of the Pacific. Unveiled 27 March 2021.
Pacific soldiers fought alongside
New Zealand soldiers and lives were lost. The Pacific Islands Memorial at
Pukeahu National War Memorial in Wellington, N.Z. sits above State Highway
One, on which traffic crawls through the Arras Tunnel - named after the
tunnels from the First World War in France. During WW1 the New Zealand
Tunnelling Company completed two vast quarry networks underneath the city of
Arras, in northern France. Post-WWII the tunnels were closed, but sometime
after they were rediscovered in 1990, a conch shell was found near a pillar
inscribed by Private Angene Angene – one of a small group of Cook Islanders
who served with New Zealanders on the Western Front alongside Private Isaac
Solomona and T Kopunaiti – enlisted in Rarotonga and survived the war. The
shell – a Chicoreus Ramosus – is of tropical Indo-Pacific origin and there’s
speculation one of the trio took it on their journey and kept it while in
Arras as a reminder of their home. The shell location in 2021 is unknown as
it is in a private museum somewhere in Europe.
The memorial stands four-and-a-half metres tall, and is intricately engraved, designed by Michael Tuffrey. There's a whole lot of symbolism. The conch is symbol that is used right through the Pacific and reflects the Pacific. A conch shell is used to call our peoples to come together and it is like our last post, when someone blows the bugle. Stones from around the region, - Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Niue Solomon Islands, among others were dropped inside a hole before construction commenced and now buried underneath the conch. Burying a mauri stone is a mark of respect to Papa, the earth mother, and bestows a blessing on the site and the buildings placed there. Poppies etched with a base of a fired artillery shell in each centre - symbolises the artillery. The memorial, which adds to six other international memorials at Pukeahu, cost $450,000 and was funded by the Government.
Beautiful -see the poppies.
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