Renewed Memorial Gates

memorial gatesNew look for war memorial at Paraparaumu

By Alan Tristram

The 92-year-old Memorial Gates in Paraparaumu between the RSA building and the Domain are to be restored and the area around the gates given an entirely new look, in time for next year’s centenary of the WWI Gallipoli landings.

The project will see the gates cleaned and a finishing coat applied, new paving laid with lighting set into the ground to illuminate the gates, ‘wing walls’ built at either side, new flagpoles erected and a raised platform created at the eastern side to act as a podium for speakers.

The Kāpiti Coast District Council, which is leading the project, says Anzac Day 2015 is the target date — so it will be in time for the Centenary celebrations.

It says Council’s Leisure and Open Space team got conservation reports for both the Ōtaki and Paraparaumu memorials and also got a structural report on the Paraparaumu gates. Concept development included meetings with local RSA chapters, stormwater and roading teams.

Funding is from the Lottery Grants Board, with help from Electra and Vodafone,

Cuttriss consultants will help with the Paraparaumu memorial documentation and project management.

The Council says it’s talked to Contact, Electra and Vodafone to discuss how the undergrounding of the telecommunication cable and the lower set of power wires can be incorporated into the project.

The intention is to move on this as soon as possible to give plenty of time to finish well before Anzac Day. Tender documents are to be released at the end of August and Council hopes to start work on site in October.

The memorial at Ōtaki was renovated recently as part of the Main Street upgrade, and the memorial’s granite restored.