He Pou Aroha Community Cenotaph - Discover Your Connection

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Online Cenotaph is a comprehensive online hub for stories of New Zealand service personnel, developed by Auckland Museum; Containing the records of approximately 230,000 men and women who served for New Zealand from the 19th Century through to today, Auckland Museum is requesting the help of communities throughout New Zealand to enhance these records further.

Contribute to Online Cenotaph in your community.

He Pou Aroha Community Cenotaph provides portable digital access to Online Cenotaph using innovative purpose-built digitisation kiosks. The digitisation kiosks allow you to search Online Cenotaph, lay a virtual poppy against a specific person's name and contribute additional information to the database.

Each kiosk contains an object photo booth that enables you to digitise your family's war-related items such as medals, diaries, letters and more. The digitised objects are uploaded to the relevant service person's Online Cenotaph record for the world to see and future generations to remember.

Visiting Waipu Museum.

Auckland Museum's digitisation unit will be at Waipu Museum for members of the public to search Online Cenotaph, lay a poppy and contribute to the database. Drop in during opening hours to #DiscoverYourConnection!

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LocationWaipu Museum, 36 The Centre, Waipu, Bream Bay
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Cost No Charge
RestrictionsAll Ages

Venue details

Address36 The Centre, Waipu
Phone09 432 0746
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About this Venue

The Waipu Museum was established in 1953. Originally referred to as The House of Memories it is now the Waipu Museum. It tells the story of the Nova Scotian migrations from Scotland to Nova Scotia in 1819, then to Australia and New Zealand from 1853 under the leadership of the Rev Norman McLeod. Waipu was the main settlement area for the pioneers, but branches of the families also settled in Leigh, Kauri and Whangarei Heads and Auckland. The building also houses the Waipu Information Centre. The museum houses the history, artefacts, photographs, genealogical information and shipping documents from the migration and early settlement period plus some documents and photographs from later periods in the community’s history.

The Nova Scotians were good shipbuilders, having built their own vessels to take their people from Nova Scotia to Australia and New Zealand. Many shipboard diaries, other shipping documents, ship building tools and navigational equipment are held in the Museum.

Waipu has a twinning relationship with Assynt in Scotland and Cape Breton/St Anns in Nova Scotia. Information dealing with this is held in the Museum.