Matatā war memorial

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The Matatā war memorial gates stand at the entrance to Rangitihi Marae. Their history is uncertain. Fundraising began to build a local memorial in 1922, but controversy soon arose over its location and the selection of names. The gates may have originally been erected at the Matatā Domain (or perhaps at the local school).

Granite tablets set into one side of the concrete gateposts list the names of 14 local men who were killed in action during the First World War and 61 who also served. On the other side, 12 men from the Matatā and Manawahe districts who were killed in action during the Second World War are listed, along with 98 returned servicemen. These tablets have either been restored or are of recent origin.

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