2017 NZILA shortlisted projects

Australian Memorial Wellington

In collaboration with Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects in Sydney and Paul Rolfe Architects in Wellington, MNLA won the international design competition to develop a memorial to the ANZAC alliance and the enduring relationship between New Zealand and Australia. The memorial is located opposite the National War Memorial in Wellington's Pukeahu National War Memorial Park designed by Wraight + Athfields and was completed in March 2015 ahead of the ANZAC centenary commemorations.

The design uses rough cut red stone to create fifteen columns and paving inlays to reference the Australian landscape, inlayed with panels of black granite to symbolise New Zealand. The black granite is engraved or carved with with Maori and Aboriginal artwork. Flowering gum trees and mass planted bottlebrush continue the Australian landscape reference and will, in time, soften the memorial and provide shelter for the park's central plaza from Wellington's infamous northerly wind.

To date, the project won an award for international architecture with the Australian Institute of Achitects in 2016.

Inner-City Courtyard

This garden is located just off Wellington’s Cuba Street, around a new house in a small urban site. The small scale of the garden required resolution of many practical requirements while creating inviting spaces around the clients new house designed by David Melling. To achieve this, every detail of the garden was carefully considered and coordinated to provide a varied yet coherent treatment to enhance the gardens overall character.

The staggered strips of concrete which create seating areas and paths play down the hard edges of the site and make the space feel larger. Gravel is used for driveways and parking areas to reduce the amount of hard paving and create more of a courtyard feel when cars are not there.

Varying lengths of bluestone are used to create a three dimensional fountain, over which water cascades providing a gentle aural counterpoint to the background hum of urban Wellington. The pond also provides a playful addition to the garden for the grandchildren of the clients to splash around in and climb over.

This garden is in NZ Home and Garden magazine's July 2016 issue



  • NZILA Award 2008
  • Gateway Water sensitive Design Competition, Sydney : Winning entry
  • Australian Garden, Cranbourne, Melbourne : Runner up
  • Australian memorial New Zealand : Winning entry
  • Hastings Civic Centre : Merit award