Events In History


US Forces in New Zealand

  • US Forces in New Zealand

    The first American soldiers landed on New Zealand soil in June 1942, beginning an 'invasion' which would have a profound impact on both visitors and hosts over the next 18 months.

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  • Page 4 - The campsAmerican life in New Zealand between 1942 and 1944 was centred on the camps. Most of these were within marching distance or a short train journey from Wellington or Auckland. Some

Township on the narrow coastal strip on the Kapiti Coast, 42km north-east of Wellington.

Meaning of place name
Pae: perch or snare; kākāriki: parakeet. There is a legend to the effect that Haupipi, pursuing his wife, came to a rock barrier at the end of the beach. This gave the name to the locality. He drove his taiaha in the cliff, made a hole through it and came out the other side, where he found his wife.