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Memorial Garden
A tranquil place to remember

Current News

Welcome to our new web page.  We will be updating this regularly to keep you informed of progress.

So far, we have raised over $17,500 of the $60,000 required. We still have a long way to go and we seek your support to bring the Memorial Garden to fruition.  If you would like to make a donation please click here. Donation Form.

We are establishing a database of deceased persons who could be remembered, so that we can contact their relatives and invite them to purchase a plaque. If you know of anyone who may be interested please contact Trustee Peter Hawley on 07 866 3272 or email.

It is expected that the initial construction work will start in August/September 2018 with the Entrance wall and plaque walls.

The Concept

For many years the Reserves Management Plan for Hahei has had a designation for a Memorial Garden in Kotare Reserve. This Garden is now proceeding and is designed to be a place for the general public to have plaques placed in memory of those who have died and who have contributed by their presence to the community of Hahei. The Garden will further more be a place of quiet beauty where both Hahei residents and property owners and visitors from around New Zealand and the world can contemplate and reflect.

The Garden has the support of the Thames Coromandel District Council and the land was blessed by Joe Davis, Kaumatua of Ngati Hei on 4 November 2017.

The Garden will consist of memorial walls constructed of rough-sawn timber posts and corten steel.with plaques attached. As this land is not a cemetery no ashes are to be scattered or buried.

Information on plaque placement and any historical records will be held in the Hahei Library, Mercury Bay Museum, Whitianga or by clicking here.

People who live in or have an affiliation with Hahei, are involved in the concept plans, plaque design, artists’ illustrations, construction and ongoing maintenance.

Click here for images of the Garden.

An Incorporated Society was registered on 15 June 2017, Charities Commission Registration received November 2017 (CC54902) and Donee status from the Inland Revenue Department in December 2017.

The Trustees appointed for an initial 2-year period are

  • Christine Bannan, Chair
  • Kay Harrison, Secretary
  • Stuart King, Treasurer
  • Gilbert Bannan, Trustee
  • Karen Blair, Trustee
  • Peter Hawley, Trustee
  • Mary Milroy, Trustee


You can email any of the trustees clicking on their name

Address – C/- Hahei Beach Store, RD 1, Whitianga 3591, NZ

If you wish to purchase a plaque for one of your loved ones, please download the application form by clicking here.Plaque Application Form.

The Trust is seeking up to $60,000 for the construction of the Garden and in June 2018 embarked on a fundraising drive through the local community and businesses.

Click here to make a donation.

Donations of $5 or more are eligible for a tax credit.