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Westland district war memorial


Westland District Second World War memorial (RSA building) at Sewell St, Hokitika in 2010. The two memorial plaques flank the front entrance. Each plaque has forty names of those who died on active service in the Second World War.

The original Westland District War Memorial building was opened by local MP Mr J.B. Kent on 6 July1955. The two-storey building incorporated a lobby, the local RSA clubrooms and a social hall. This building was closed because of earthquake risk in June 2013 and demolished in July 2014. The new Hokitika-Westland memorial hall and clubrooms was opened on the site of the old building on 28 February 2017.

Sources: Ron Fields, Hokitika: Place of Return, Hokitika, 1989, pp. 26-8; ‘RSA Faces Demolition’, Greymouth Star, 17/12/2013; ‘RSA Demolition on Pause’, Greymouth Star, 20/12/2013; ‘War Memorial Hall Stripped’, Greymouth Star, 21/7/2014; ‘Hokitika-Westland RSA Opening’, West Coast Messenger, 1/3/2017, p. 1.


Images: Doug Stapleton, 2010
Text: Bruce Ringer, 2017

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