Restoration and conservation of Paraparaumu and Ōtaki war memorials.
Kāpiti Coast District Council is planning to restore and upgrade the war memorials at Paraparaumu and Ōtaki. Funding has been granted by the LWEH committee to carry out restoration work on both of these monuments and Kāpiti Coast District Council has provided additional funding to enhance the surrounds of the Paraparaumu Memorial.
Council commissioned reports on both memorials from a conservator and a report from a structural engineer was sought for the Paraparaumu memorial after which plans for their restoration and upgrading were developed.
The Paraparaumu memorial was built by local tradesmen and unveiled in 1924. It sits at the entrance to Paraparaumu Domain on the corner of Tutanekai and Amohia Streets and is right next to the Paraparaumu RSA.
The main aspects of the restoration are:
- restoration and repair of the arch, columns and steel gates
- strengthening the main foundations
- upgrading the cracked and leaching surface treatment with modern coatings
- repainting the engraving on the memorial plaques
The main aspects of the upgrade are:
- re-surfacing and paving the entry surrounds
- replacing gardens
- installing up-lighting and power
- under-grounding of a set of power lines and a telecommunications cable hanging over and in front of memorial
The Ōtaki memorial sits centrally within the popular small Memorial Gardens park on Ōtaki's Main Street. The main aspects of the Ōtaki memorial restoration are:
- Clean the top granite blocks, re-pointing the joints and repainting the engraving
- Re-surface the central block with granite
- Improve the surface treatment of the base tiers
These memorials are the central locations for ANZAC day activities within their communities. Their restoration is an important part of our local heritage which will help contribute to the success of the centenary commemorations and protect them into the future.