Happy mem­ory of Peace Foun­tain

Te Awamutu Courier - - News - HAZEL BARNES Waipa¯ Dis­trict Coun­cil­lor

Who would have thought the pro­posed de­struc­tion of the foun­tain in Memo­rial Park would have brought back such happy mem­o­ries of happy days of so many now grown up Te Awa­mutu boys who used to play there for hours.

I had no idea of the im­por­tance of the foun­tain and its place in our his­tory or that it used to be part of a very beau­ti­ful memo­rial and was known as the Peace Foun­tain.

It was th­ese same boys, now grown men, who have con­tacted me to say “save the foun­tain” and “could the Coun­cil re­store the park to its orig­i­nal state again”.

In­ter­est­ingly sev­eral of those boys are now run­ning the Coun­cil, so I think our RSA pres­i­dent Lou Brown will have no prob­lem with pre­sent­ing his or­gan­i­sa­tion’s need to see the park again re­flect the his­tory of past wars, as was its pur­pose. Past pho­tos show what a lovely place the park was and my hope is that every­one will again see the mean­ing of the Peace Foun­tain that needed to be re­flec­tive of such a dev­as­tat­ing war and loss of life that hap­pened.

Thanks must go to Dean Tay­lor and Marc Daw­son for the front page ar­ti­cle that gal­vanised our folk into ac­tion to save the foun­tain.

I would also like to thank them, and oth­ers, for shar­ing their sto­ries of their boy­hood in Memo­rial Park and over the bridge that is to be re­placed.

Health and safety reg­u­la­tions will never al­low kids to have that sort of fun and ad­ven­ture in to­day’s world.

Let’s hope that we never again need to cre­ate such a lovely park to re­mem­ber our fallen sol­diers.

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