Te Paea Soldiers' Memorial, Ngāraratunua

The wharenui on Ngāraratunua marae, near Whangarei, is named Te Paea Soldiers’ Memorial. It was opened by Judge Ivor Pritchard on 31 July 1954. The name ‘Te Paea’ honours Te Paea Cherrington (d. 1937), an inspirational tribal leader and a long-time dedicated member of the Mothers’ Union.

The wharenui was substantially renovated in 1975.

See: ‘Ngararatunua Soldiers’ Memorial Hall to be Opened’, Northern Advocate, 30/7/1954, p. 9; ‘Ngararatunua Memorial Hall’, Northern Advocate, 30/7/1954, p. 9; ‘New Memorial Hall at Ngararatunua’, Northern Advocate, 28/4/1954, p. 3; Hotu Te Kuru, ‘Cherington, Te Paea’ NZ Dictionary of Biography, vol. 3, 1996, pp. 96-7.

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