1 Sep 2009

PM supports memorial park for capital

10:07 pm on 1 September 2009

Prime Minister John Key has indicated he is keen to progress work on a memorial park in central Wellington.

Work was supposed to start in March on the $18 million park to be situated beside the National War Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.

But the Government put the plans on hold, saying the previous Labour-led government did not commit enough money to the project.

Mr Key says the delay was to allow the Government to do a stocktake of its infrastructure spending and he is keen to see work progress on the site.

He says he would like to see a park that New Zealanders are proud of, even if it costs a bit more.

Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast says the project was never off the table.

Ms Prendergast says the Government just wanted to ensure plans for the park are consistent with other proposed work in the area.