Waipapakauri World War II Monument - Northland, New Zealand
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S 35° 01.474 E 173° 13.792
59H E 703435 N 6121959
Quick Description: A Memorial unveiled by Miljenko Srhoj - J.P. M.B.E. on 23 April 2005.
Location: North Island, New Zealand
Date Posted: 12/27/2010 1:56:33 PM
Waymark Code: WMACTK
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
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Long Description:
The plaque reads:-
RNZAF Waipapakauri Memorial erected in greatful reconignition of those military and civilion personnel who served at this "Forward Airfield" during World War II

Waipapakauri represents a slice of both the Far North’s and New Zealand’s military history. During World War II, an airfield at Waipapakauri was New Zealand’s first line of defence against invasion from the north. In 1942, the airfield was host to a Royal New Zealand Air Force reconnaissance squadron, 26 officers, 250 airmen and 110 personnel from the Women’s Auxiliary. A further 200 soldiers from the Home Guard and an artillery antiaircraft battery were also stationed nearby. The operation was phased out following the end of the war. Today little remains visible of this facility other than remnants of an underground operations bunker and the Waipapakauri Hotel which, during hostilities, had been used as a hospital and officers’ mess. The Waipapakauri community and Northern Community Board have jointly erected a memorial in commemoration of those who served there during the war.
Date of Dedication: 4/25/2005

Property Permission: Public

Access instructions: On S.H. 1, beside the Waipapakauri Hotel

Website for Waymark: [Web Link]

Location of waymark:
1099 Far North RD
State Highway 1
Waipapakauri, Northland New Zealand
0486


Commemoration: World War II

Access times: Not listed

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