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Hahei Memorial Garden
Time to Remember

Current News

Welcome to our new web page.

We are making excellent progress and expect Stage One of the Memorial Garden to be completed by the end of January 2020.

This comprises a storyboard telling a brief history of Ngati Hei and the Wigmore and Harsant families.

The plaque wall, and the historical wall are constructed of rough-sawn timber posts and Corten steel with stainless steel plaques attached.

A sculptural stonewall is to be erected in the garden in early 2020.

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 nearing completion. It is designed to be a place for anyone to place a plaque in memory of family or friends.

The Garden will be a place of quiet beauty where Hahei residents, property owners and visitors from around New Zealand and the world can contemplate and reflect.

The Memorial Garden is receiving ongoing support from the Thames Coromandel District Council and local Iwi.

The land was blessed by Joe Davis, Kaumatua of Ngati Hei on 4 November 2017.

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

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

Continuing History

We have collated a database of deceased persons of the Hahei community whose family or friends may wish to have them remembered in the Garden.

If you know of anyone who may be interested, please contact Trustee Peter Hawley on 07 866 3272 or click here to email Peter


The Trustees were appointed for a further year at the Trust’s AGM in July 2019.

  • 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 above Contacts clicking on their name

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

Trust Details

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.


Our Trustees

Trust (1 Of 1)

For an application form to purchase a plaque please click here. Plaque Application. The cost is $250. In addition purchasers will need to have this engraved/inscribed at their cost and returned to the Trust for mounting to a wall.

As part of the history the plaque application form includes a section to record the person’s association with Hahei. This information will be held with the plaque records.

Donations and grants to the value of $46,150 have been received so far from members of the community and charitable agencies. If you wish to make a donation please click here. Donation Form.pdf.

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