Access to a 24/7 Museum

(A restored 1942-43 hut is a major tourist attraction near the Marines Memorial in Queen Elizabeth Park. Anthony Dreaver from the Kapiti US Marines Trust has worked with the Menzshed in Waikanae Beach to build a ramp to make it easier to view the interior of the hut.)

Viewing inside the Marines hut

The hut being installed in May 2017

By Anthony Dreaver

The restored World War II hut in Queen Elizabeth Park is ‘Open All Hours’, thanks to a viewing window and automatic lighting system.

Visitors can see equipment and personal belongings that were used by Marines who were Kapiti’s American visitors in 1942 and 1943. However, Kapiti US Marines Trust was aware that for small people and those in wheelchairs it was difficult to reach the window.

The re-builders of the hut, Kapiti Menzshed, have created a sturdy ramp, an effective solution that had its trial run on Saturday 12 May.

A busy scene last Saturday

The Park was buzzing, not only with several hundred harriers and their supporters at the Varsity Relays, but also with 250 Scouts, leaders and parents. 

Children could easily see into the hut to complete answers to their activity sheets.

By good fortune a harrier parent, currently confined to a wheelchair, arrived at the hut.

He kindly agreed to be photographed while testing the access ramp.

Readers who come to the annual Memorial Day ceremony (Monday 28 May) will be able to enjoy this new facility and the new information panels flanking the window.

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