Sunday, 27 September 2020


Memorial Garden sculptural wall completed

The sculptural wall at the Kotare Reserve Memorial Garden in Hahei has been completed, marking another major milestone for the community project.

The Tree of Life rock sculpture - built by stonemason, Mark Urlich, from Coroglen - was created as a symbol for all family trees and a focus for quiet reflection and contemplation.

Families of the Hahei area are celebrated and remembered within the garden.

Storyboards telling a brief history of Ngāti Hei, and the Wigmore and Harsant families - two of the original settler families settlers in the area - were unveiled earlier this year, along with a plaque wall where those associated with Hahei can be commemorated.

An official opening of the garden planned for Easter Saturday had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 lockdown, with a new date to be set when the project’s trustees can meet again under Alert Level 2. More than $45,000 was received in grants and donations towards the project, with funding and support also provided by Thames-Coromandel District Council and iwi.

The Memorial Garden is intended as a place of quiet beauty where Hahei residents and ratepayers, and visitors from around New Zealand and the world can pause and reflect.


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