A New Zealand Garden for Peace in Le Quesnoy, France, to be unveiled on 10 November 2018.
Xanthe White Design x Uru Whakaaro Ltd have the honour of creating a permanent New Zealand Garden for Peace in the town of Le Quesnoy, France for the Armistice centenary in November 2018. We believe the way to acknowledge the story of our men and the town Le Quesnoy is to create a space that unites our cultures and allows visitors to be transported from France into a space that reflects our home and offers an opportunity for meditation to visitors now and into the future.
The key theme of Peace will be expressed through the Māori concept of Rangimārie. For Māori, Rangimārie is the space of calm within which we can walk with our tūpuna (ancestors). This exists in the hours before dawn as well as having a relationship between wai (water) and the whare tangata (womb).
The garden is being funded by the French government, the Region Haut-de-France, New Zealand/France friendship Fund and the support of the City of Le Quesnoy through an organisation called Art & Jardins Hauts-de-France, but the funding is a small commission for a large site and so we are trying to raise enough money to have seating in the garden and to be able to extend the planting to occupy the whole site. Please visit our PledgeMe page to see how you can be involved!