City hall, the library, and a museum are the backdrop for diverse waterfront art and architecture.
Te Papa is a stunning waterfront museum. Six floors of exhibits. One floor is devoted to the Maori – an amazing story. There is an exhibit covering Gallipoli, the disastrous WWI British campaign against the Ottomans in the Baltic. New Zealand and Australian soldiers had a big role in the struggle. I’ve read a book on Gallpoli, so was interested to see this.The exhibit had several sculptures that were three times life size. The last showed a soldier walking into a forest. There were paper poppies on which you could write a message and place it at the soldier’s feet. The poppy is a symbol of life, death, and remembrance – particularly for UK folks. The soldier stood in a pool of poppies. So, so moving.