GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND

Moving Whangarei’s War Memorial from the Rose Street ‘triangle’ to Laurie Hall Park was a labour of love that former RSA Trust president Archie Dixon was justifiably proud of.  Mr Dixon sadly passed away late last year.

The memorial had been sited at the Rose St ‘triangle’ originally to commemorate the area where soldiers embarked on trains for the Great War.

However, shifting the memorial allowed a greater involvement on Anzac Day commemorations by the wider community. The war memorial precinct was consecrated on 28 March 2015.  Subsequent Anzac Day celebrations have seen the park packed with veterans, families and school children honouring the fallen as well as those who had returned.

“It was a great chance for our young people to become more aware of the price people in the armed services paid for peace,” Mr Dixon observed.

Mr Dixon noted that shifting the war memorial to Laurie Hall Park was the right thing to do and he had nothing but praise for the Whangarei District Council making the move.

“Many people helped make it happen, but our mayor went out of her way to assist the RSA.

“I have asked how one person can make a difference to a community – and I look at Sheryl and see that she is making a real difference.”

Sheryl notes that Mr Dixon was not only a leader for RSA members but a wise counsel and kaumatua for the wider community.