Parihaka War Memorial

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Parihaka War Memorial

The World War II War Memorial, a cultural, spiritual and heritage icon, is located at the summit of Mt Parihaka

The World War II War Memorial, a cultural, spiritual and heritage icon, is located at the summit of Mt Parihaka

The Memorial is a symbol of national identity showing international achievement by New Zealanders and the contribution of servicemen and servicewomen to gain the freedom of others.

It was constructed in 1956 and formally unveiled a year later.  The memorial represents the lives of New Zealand men and women who died in World War II; approximately 30,000 New Zealanders are buried in 61 countries and in the oceans of the world.  They include 9,000 New Zealanders who have no known grave. It is a reminder of the sacrifice of the lives of 170 citizens of the Whangarei District and honours all who served.

The panoramic views and bush setting offer a peaceful environment in which to reflect on the contribution made by those who served and still serve in the armed forces.

The memorial is visible from much of Whangarei city, a key landmark that can be seen both day and night.

The summit at the lookout is also home to a special carved kohatu (rock) that represents the mauri (life essence) of the mountain, inspiring a sense of gravity and significance to the lookout.

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Location
Memorial Drive,
Whangarei, Northland

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