Topic: Manaia War Memorials

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The Octagon, Manaia

Manaia Obelisk & Band Stand -1921-22

The Manaia war memorials consist of a obelisk (1921) and a band rotunda (1921-22) in the Octagon. The obelisk was unveiled on 27 October 1921 by the Governor-General, Lord Jellicoe - along with that at Auroa and the foundation stone of the Opunake Memorial. [See Web Links below for Hawera Star report.] The band rotunda was, at that stage, unfinished and, as a result a postponement of the obelisk unveiling was suggested but not proceeded with.

(A second obelisk on the western side of the Octagon is to the Armed Constabulary and Patea Field Force of the New Zealand Wars)

Later in his Taranaki visit , the G-G unveiled the Bell Block Memorial on the 30 October and may have unveiled the Patea District High School memorial steps on his way from Whanganui to Manaia.

Manaia Obelisk - 1921 

Front Upper

 To Our

Glorious Dead

Who Fell in the

Great War



[VE Day 1995 and VJ Day 1995 plaques removed in 1999(?) to rear face]


Front Lower:

2NZEF (Japan)          Korea

1946-1948                   1950-1954


Malaya     Malaysia        Vietnam

Borneo                                    1964-1972



Left Side

Aitken A                     Campbell A A

Allison C H M                Campbell C C

Anderson  H J H          Clague J E

Anstey C                     Clegg J E

          Barlow E                     Cunningham L J

Bennett E                    Davidson J

Butler L                      Dixon  A

Cadman A                   Doak S

Fendall F S


Right Side

Gamelin E                   Lloyd T

Gilmour A J                McConachie D

Hamerton W               Meuli L W

Hill C                          Murphy P

Hughes C                    Parry P L

Hughes J                    Paterson D

Johnston R C             Poole M L

Le Fleming W K         Ricketts L S

Leslie J W                   Young O M



Lest We Forget

 In Memory of

those who served

in World War II



 Three Bronze Plaques

            VE Day 9 May 1995

            VJ Day 15 August 1995

            100th Anniversary of 1st NZ troop deployment overseas 1999


Manaia Bandstand - 1921-22

See all names in Document below

White Marble Panel 1


Men of the Waimate West County

1914     and Manaia Town District      1918

Who served in the Great War


+ denotes those who made the supreme sacrifice


White Marble Panel 2

Four columns of 22 names each


White Marble Panel 3

Four columns of 22 names each


White Marble Panel 4

Four columns of 20 names each


White Marble Panel 5

Dulce et decorum

Est pro patria mori

1914 -1918


White Marble Panel 6

Four columns of 20 names each






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