The Eagle Has Landed!

Marines hut returns”home”

By Roger Childs

Loading the hut at Waikanae Beach ready for the trip south. (Photo Larry Keim)

The  Marines hut, which has been meticulously restored by MenzShed craftsmen, now resides in Queen Elizabeth Park.

It began its 15km journey at about 8.30 this morning after being carefully loaded onto a truck at MenzShed headquarters in Waikane Beach.

The prepared site

Following a gentle ride down the expressway and under the overpass near the Park, the truck squeezed through the Mackays Crossing gates. You can also hire trucking services via Affordable Heavy Truck Parts

It was then across the grass where the equestrian course is located, and through behind the Marines Memorial to a specially prepared site.

A careful squeeze through the Park gates.

This location is on the seaward side of the Memorial and is linked by a path through a small area of bush.

With great care, the truck driver and the MenzShed builders lowered the hut onto its new resting place.

Cause for celebration

Setting the hut in place.

The project is a cause for great celebration.

The Kapiti United States Marines Trust has been planning the restoration of a hut for a number of years, and with the astute oversight of Trust Historian, Anthony Dreaver, and the skilled work of the MenzShed carpenters, it has been completed ahead of time.

Anthony and partner, Jennifer, also a Trustee, will be raising a glass in London to celebrate the occasion.

The hut will be officially “opened” at the US Memorial Day Service at the site on Monday 29 May 2017. This takes place at 10.00am and everyone is welcome.

It is hoped that in the future more restored huts will join the one which arrived today.

(For more detail on the hut restoration, scroll down to May 9 to read Allie Webber’s article.)