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Eketahuna’s other World War I memorial

Did you know Eketahuna has a second World War I memorial in addition to its prominent war memorial hall? Unlike the hall, this smaller memorial is symbolic, or artistic, rather than functional. It was erected on ANZAC Day 1921 by the Eketahuna Volunteer Fire Brigade as a “peace memorial” to those members of the brigade … Continue reading Eketahuna’s other World War I memorial

Eketahuna’s war memorial, and a lost dog

At Eketahuna, as at nearby Kaiparoro, the community chose to erect a functional World War I memorial – a hall and public rest rooms. By mid-1924, there was still £300 left to be raised by the Eketahuna War Memorial committee for completion of the building and surrounding grounds. The building was finally opened in early … Continue reading Eketahuna’s war memorial, and a lost dog

A visit to Alfredton School

On Tuesday 9th April, as part of my Kaiparoro residency, I was fortunate enough to visit the Years 6-8 children in Huia Room at Alfredton School.  It was a glorious blue sky morning!  I was welcomed to Huia Room by teacher Brenda O’Donnell and introduced by Chris Daniell from NZ Pacific Studio, who was also … Continue reading A visit to Alfredton School

ANZAC Memorial Bridge Fellowship with NZ Pacific Studio

I have begun my ANZAC Memorial Bridge writing residency at Kaiparoro! This morning I went to visit the bridge and was treated to a rainbow arching across the sky behind the grand old lady herself. A perfect welcome! The focus for this year’s fellowship is the families of men who returned from the war – … Continue reading ANZAC Memorial Bridge Fellowship with NZ Pacific Studio