Arowhenua memorial c1986.
Arowhenua war memorial in 2010.
The First World War Maori memorial at Arowhenua is ornately carved from Oamaru stone. It has strong associations with the Ratana Church, the symbols of which (star and crescent) can be seen at the apex.
Comment from Bruce Comfort (2010), 'The whole memorial is sadly in poor condition and the many layers of paint which have been roughly applied are not doing any good.
The inscriptions are almost all in Maori and some appear to be ad-hoc, having been carved by hand after the memorial was erected.
The reserve is well kept and clearly the memorial is of significance to local Maori so it is a shame it hasn't been professionally repaired or maintained.'
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