War me­mo­rial needs tidy-up

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JOE DAW­SON

A call has gone out to give a war me­mo­rial for the sub­urb’s con­tri­bu­tion to two war ef­forts the re­spect it de­serves.

Mem­bers of the One­hunga RSA say the war me­mo­rial in Jel­li­coe Park is tired and in need of a makeover to prop­erly hon­our those it re­mem­bers.

The names of around 160 lo­cal men who died in World Wars I and II are en­graved on a stone wall by the One­hunga pools.

The wall was built in the late 1980s af­ter the amal­ga­ma­tion of the city’s bor­ough coun­cil’s into one body and the orig­i­nal carved wood me­mo­rial was re­moved from the One­hunga coun­cil cham­bers.

That me­mo­rial is in fan­tas­tic con­di­tion but is now housed out of the pub­lic eye up­stairs in the One­hunga RSA.

RSA wel­fare of­fi­cer Tom Kerr says the me­mo­rial at the pools is it­self in good con­di­tion, but the area be­neath it is scrappy and of­ten over­whelmed with garden de­tri­tus.

Wind-blown leaves ac­cu­mu­late at the base of the wall, and strag­gly plants do lit­tle to ac­cen­tu­ate the me­mo­rial.

Mr Kerr and oth­ers are ask- ing the Auck­land Coun­cil, which looks af­ter the me­mo­rial, to give it reg­u­lar at­ten­tion to en­sure it is well kept.

‘‘The whole area around it is a bit of a sham­bles,’’ Mr Kerr says.

‘‘There have been peo­ple ring­ing up the RSA of­fice com­plain­ing. We’re try­ing to get it cleaned up but at the moment noth­ing is hap­pen­ing.’’

Peo­ple from the parks de­part­ment are in Jel­li­coe Park ev­ery few days mak­ing it look good, but they don’t touch the me­mo­rial, Mr Kerr says..

‘‘It just needs a bit of titi­va­tion, it’s not a ma­jor thing, just a bit of a reg­u­lar clean-up around the place.

‘‘We’re coming up to 100 years since World War I and there’s go­ing to be a few things go­ing on, and peo­ple are more aware of it now.’’

Maun­gakiekie Lo­cal Board chair­man Simon Ran­dall says the board was not aware of the RSA’s con­cerns but will be get­ting on to im­prov­ing the sit­u­a­tion.

‘‘I’ll def­i­nitely talk to them and get the parks de­part­ment on to it right away.

‘‘It’s a really im­por­tant park in the his­tory of One­hunga and should be re­spected.’’


Needs re­spect: One­hunga RSA wel­fare of­fi­cer Tom Kerr is up­set with the state of the war me­mo­rial in Jel­li­coe Park.

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