24 Mar 2016

Early WWI Memorial re-dedicated in Kaitaia

7:33 pm on 24 March 2016

One of the country's earliest war memorials has been re-dedicated in Kaitaia today - 100 years after it was first unveiled.

The white Italian marble statue of an angel was commissioned by a Te Rarawa chief, Leopold Busby, in 1916, two years after WWI started.

The town's angel has a new arm - carved from Italian marble. Photo: SUPPLIED

The white Italian marble statue of an angel was commissioned by Te Rarawa chief Leopold Busby in 1916, two years before the end of World War I.

Unusually for the time, inscriptions on the memorial are in Maori and English.

The statue lost an arm when it was moved to Kaitaia's Rembrance Park but local Vietnam veterans raised the money to restore it, with a new arm made by local carver Paul Marshall.

Far North mayor John Carter said the community and families of those who died in World War I owed a debt of gratitude to the group and other organisations who contributed, including the RSA.

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