Mokau mine memorial

A unique war memorial stands in a prominent position on State Highway 3 in the tiny Taranaki township of Mokau. It is a mine painted red and mounted on a concrete base. The mine washed ashore at Mokau Heads on 2 December 1942 and was put on display after the war.

The plaque at the base reads:

LET THIS GERMAN MINE FOUND

DECEMBER 2ND 1942 REMIND US

IN THE DAYS OF PEACE. WITHOUT

VISION THE PEOPLE PERISH.

Plaque donated by

MOKAU PROGRESSIVE ASSOCIATION

Although its authenticity as a German mine has been questioned, it seems likely that it was laid by one of the German raiders Pinguin or Passet off South Australia towards the end of 1940.

See: 80th Jubilee: Mokau School, Mokau,1975, p. 12; 'Our war secret exposed', Taranaki Daily News, 16/2/2009; Peter Cooke and Ian Maxwell, Great Guns: The Artillery Heritage of New Zealand, Wellington, 2013, p. 258; Mokau War Memorial Mine, WWII, Kete New Plymouth, 2008-2016.

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