Memorial Arch

Princes St, Hawera

  • Memorial Arch. August 1990. Image included in Field Record Form Collection.
    Copyright: Heritage New Zealand . Taken By: B C Harding.
  • Memorial Arch. Image courtesy of the South Taranaki District Council.
    Copyright: South Taranaki District Council.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 2 Public Access Able to Visit
List Number 5423 Date Entered 28th October 1993


City/District Council

South Taranaki District


Taranaki Region


The following text is from the original Proposal for Classification presented to the Board 27 October 1993.

The Memorial Arch, Hawera is a bold example of a triumphal arch with classical revival detailing. The memorial was erected to commemorate those who fell in World War One from the Hawera District. It was built in 1924 to the design of Duffel and Gibson, using Oamaru Stone, grey granite and Takaka marble and was unveiled on 11 June 1924 by Rt. Hon. W F Massey P.C LLD. It was built from publicly subscribed funds totalling £2542.00.

A plaque was added in 1945 to commemorate those who fell during World War Two. It is a prominent landmark in Hawera and comprises favourably with the Stratford Memorial Arch.


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Duffill & Gibson

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Physical Description

Builders: Walpole & Patterson

Construction Dates

Original Construction
1924 -
Style: Ionic

1924 -
Unveiled 11 June 1924 to commemorate those who fell during WWI.

1945 -
Plaque added to commemorate those who fell during WWII

Construction Details

Reinforced concrete faced with Oamaru stone, grey granite and Takaka marble

Information Sources

MacLean, 1990

Chris MacLean and Jock Phillips, The Sorrow and the Pride: New Zealand War Memorials, Wellington, 1990

pp 100-102

Other Information

A copy of the original report is available from the NZHPT Central region office

Please note that entry on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero identifies only the heritage values of the property concerned, and should not be construed as advice on the state of the property, or as a comment of its soundness or safety, including in regard to earthquake risk, safety in the event of fire, or insanitary conditions.