Tokomaru Bay war memorial

Tokomaru Bay war memorial

Memorial detail

Tokomaru Bay war memorial.

The Tokomaru Bay war memorial was unveiled on Anzac Day 1931. The substantial pedimented and buttressed concrete column stood on a plot of land near the school donated by members of the local Māori community. 

A marble tablet set into the front of the column was inscribed with the names of 21 local men who gave their lives during the First World War. The original tablet has since been replaced with one that also lists 29 men who died during the Second World War.

See: 'Tokomaru's memorial: handsome monument', Poverty Bay Herald, 23/4/1931, p. 8; 'Anzac Day: observance on the coast: Tokomaru Bay', Gisborne Times, 28/4/1931, p. 3.

SiteStyleOrnamentationUnveiling Date No of Dead
Park/gardenCenotaphClassical frieze 21

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Paul Teohaere

Posted: 31 Dec 2015

My name is Paul Teohaere youngest son of Sonny Mareturi Teohaere.
My dad Sonny (Mareturi) was born in Waima Tokomaru bay.
His Dad (my koro) was Karaitiana Teohaere WW1 Maori pioneer battalion.
My nan was Materoa (née Ngatai).
Sadly and tragically murdered there on the beach.
Born in Masterton-I finally got to Toko the homelands of my whakapapa and cannot explain how overwhelming the feeling of finally belonging was.

Lorraine James

Posted: 08 Apr 2015

Hi, my grandfather was Herbert V Fairlie and his brother was Godfrey Alexander Fairlie, sons of H H Fairlie and Peti Pahewa of Tokomaru Bay. Both went to the 1st WW but only my Grandfather came home. G A Fairlie was killed in France and his name appears on the Anzac Memorial at Tokomaru Bay, in the St Mary's Tikitiki Church and on Gisborne's Anzac Memorial.
Let us remember them

Hinga Pewhairangi

Posted: 26 Jun 2013

Hi to all who are seeking some information on Tokomaru Bay it's people and it's history I am on facebook under Hinga Pewhairangi or Reginald Summersby if you go to my site you will have a link to my website click on it enjoy.
[email protected]

Dale Mulligan

Posted: 25 Oct 2009

Kia Ora to all my Whanau in Tokomaru Bay. My father, TeRei Griffiths Mulligan was born here and spent his younger years here before being part of Aotearoas "stolen generation" I am so proud to see the names of my relatives on the War memorial, Dave and Alby Mulligan. I would love to have contact with someone from Tokomaru Bay who could email me and maybe give me some whakapapa info as well. I live in Australia, but my blood in Ngati Porou Thank you to all in Toko and I hope I hear from someone some day. I have a dream of coming to Tokomaru Bay to live one day. Kind Regards, Dale Mulligan (Newcastle, NSW, Australia [email protected]

Patricia Hammond

Posted: 04 Dec 2008

My parents lived in Tokomaru Bay for 25 years My father was a returned 2nd World War soldier in the Pacific. He was - I think - President of the Tokomaru Bay RSA around the late 50's early 60's maybe. There was a message from Steve Jones - I think I was at the Tokomaru Bay Primary School with his father, I think there was a brother Fred and we were all in the same class. I think they lived over the river from the school.

Steve Jones

Posted: 01 Sep 2008

Hi all' I am just in the process of digging up as much information as I can, but I am very interested in finding out as much as I can about my Fathers place of birth and the people there. He was born and bred in Tokomaru Bay. This year he would have been 63 years old and his name was Maurice Jones, my family and I have just spent this last weekend 30th and 31st Aug in the bay to scatter his ashes, and I was blown away by the obvious history that the place has seen. I will revert with more info but if anyone reading this knows of my father would they please e-mail me back' Thanks' Steve Jones