This cemetery is situated in Fraser Street, Wairoa. There are 5 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war and 2 of the
1939-1945 war here.
Wairoa’s first statue stands on the corner of Ruataniwha Road
and Carroll Street. Placed there 80 years ago it has withstood several
earthquakes and is no longer in pristine condition. But the figure of a
soldier holding a bible still stands tall and straight.
whom the statue honours was the Rev Henare Wepiha Wainohu. The
inscription is self-explanatory and is as follows:
King and Country. Erected in memory of the Rev Henare Wepiha Te Wainohu,
vicar of Wairoa Maori Pastorate. Chaplain — Major NZ Maori
expeditionary forces 1915–1918. Died October 1, 1921 aged 38 years. Also
to the memory of all members of the pioneer battalion, especially those
who have made the supreme sacrifice on the fields of battle and at
1, 1924 was an important day in Wairoa’s history. Some 2500 people
attended the unveiling ceremony, including distinguished guests Sir
Peter Buck, Sir James Carroll, Hon A.T. Ngata and Judge Jones of the
Maori Land Court. Local bodies, returned servicemen and members of the
clergy were also represented.
unveiling ceremony was performed by Sir Peter Buck, and as the Union
Jack which draped the memorial fluttered down to the ground the general
salute was given by a Maori bugler of the ex-pioneer battalion, and all
returned servicemen stood to attention.
speeches were made. Judge Jones said: “The Maori of NZ had been
among the first to volunteer their services and the late chaplain major
was one of the first to respond. His life had always been one of service
and the Maori race had selected him as its representative.”
Wainohu served in Gallipoli alongside his compatriots. One story tells
of him standing on the heights of Gallipoli performing the haka “ka mate
ka mate”. Perhaps he felt the need to give more practical help on that
He was a
very popular and well respected minister and a keen sportsman, rugby
football especially was one of the sports he enjoyed most. When the time
came for him to leave Wairoa to serve the ministry of Mohaka, he was
presented with a gold medal from the Tapuae Football Club.