Earthquake damaged war memorials fixed by Anzac Day

Waiau war memorial will be repaired in time for Anzac Day. PHOTO: NZHISTORY AARON CLARK

Earthquake damaged war memorials in Waiau and Spotswood are expected to be fixed by Anzac Day.

Work began this week on the sites to strengthen the two structures while also allowing for a new granite plaque on the Waiau memorial replacing the formerly damaged plaque, and a new path and stone step for the Spotswood war memorial.

It has been made possible due to funding frome the Lottery Hurunui Kaikoura Marlborough Earthquake Relief Fund.

The Hurunui District Council applied to the fund on behalf of the affected communities to ensure structural and aesthetic work needing to be undertaken on the earthquake damaged war memorials is completed in time for the annual commemorations.

Hurunui Mayor Winton Dalley said the memorials being fixed by Anzac Day is especially poignant for the earthquake affected communities and morale booster for the district in its recovery.

“I want to thank the Lottery Grant Board for this assistance. These memorials are important to our district as a number of locals served in both world wars as well as in military action in Korea, Malaysia, Borneo, Vietnam and United Nations peacekeeping operations.

“Having the memorials fixed will give our communities a place to lay wreaths and remember those who served overseas while also reflecting on the district’s experience over the past five months,” he said.

Waiau Citizen Assocation chairwoman Sue Galletly said it was significant for the Waiau community.

“The memorial is situated above Waiau and it’s such a beautiful spot. People go up there and get a view over the whole of Waiau. It’s a special place and of important historical significance to Waiau,” she said.