Sunday, April 19, 2015


Oamaru War Memorial
In this 100th Anniversary year of the landing on Gallipoli in WW1 there are many 

commemorations, projects and activities happening throughout the country.  Books, 

plays, vigils, film, displays, memorabilia, online sites of remembrance, the powerful 

exhibition at Te Papa in Wellington and the Light and Sound Show at the Pukeahu 

National War Memorial Park to name just a few.  We have been excited to learn some 

of our ancestor’s stories through online opportunities to remember an Anzac or to 

tell the story of an Anzac. 

This Anzac Day spare a thought and maybe a visit to one of the regions. For every 

name on our small town war memorials there is a story, a family, a town that was 

left bereft of the fullness of its future by the loss of this person. We are moved when we 

read these lists as the same surnames appear again and again. As we read, we mourn for   

whole families and communities that were decimated. 

This year HOST showcases some of the memorial parks, and monuments from our 

Host towns as we honour those who died and remember those communities who 

bore the cost of their non -return.
Petone War Memorial, Wellington

Whitianga War Memorial

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