In a speech of sombre tribute, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has unveiled a new World War I memorial in Wellington today at the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.
Mr Johnson described the memorial as a "gift from the people Britain to the people of New Zealand" recognising the 18,500 New Zealand Maori and Pakeha troops who did not return from Europe and the Middle East following the Great War.
"I hope that it may inspire generations to come because our friendship forged in adversity is as important today as it has ever been," Mr Johnson said.
"We acknowledge that our freedom and prosperity today was made possible by the sacrifice of those who fought over a century ago, so we should resolve to stand together to protect the values we share."
The nearly five metre tall memorial captures an oak tree intertwining with a pohutukawa tree against the silhouette of a World War I solider.
The culmination of over four years of work, the memorial was a collaboration between the Wimbledon School of Arts and Massey University.
Weta Workshop built the memorial, and Sir Richard Taylor was at today's ceremony, along with Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy and Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee.