Hawera and District war memorial

Major General Sir Howard Kippenberger laid the foundation stone of the Hawera & District War Memorial civic centre on 9 February 1957. The building was opened in June 1958. It consisted of a theatre, two meeting rooms and a large hall. The architects were Graeme Laurenson and Associates and it was built by W. Williamson Construction Co. Ltd. The hall foyer featured a memorial wall with plaques that read simply 'REMEMBER THOSE WHO SERVED'.

Both the memorial theatre and the memorial hall were closed for earthquake strengthening in April 2015, but the theatre was reopened in May 2016.

See: Kete New Plymouth, Hawera War Memorial Hall and Community Hall (accesses ‘Hawera fulfils a promise’, New Plymouth Photo News, no. 18, 10 July 1958, pp. 20-3; Chris Cochran, Hawera Town Centre Heritage Inventory,  Hawera, rev. ed., 2003, pp. 13-14; ‘Hawera Memorial Theatre open for business' [press release, 18/5/2016].

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