Contributing to history

Local Paparoa resident Gael Johnston (nee Wilson) using the kiosk

Members of the Kaipara community are encouraged to help contribute to an online portal holding the stories of New Zealand service personnel which will be available at the Kauri Museum until August 30.

The concept which was developed by Auckland Museum contains the records of approximately 150,000 men and women who served for New Zealand from the 19th century through to today.

CEO of the Kauri Museum, Lisa Tolic said with the help of local communities throughout New Zealand, these records will continue to be enriched and updated for future generations to remember.

“The digitisation kiosks allow people to search the online cenotaph, lay a virtual poppy against a specific person’s name and contribute additional information to the database,” she said. 

Over 65,000 people have discovered their connection by using the online portal kiosk. As well as storing information, each kiosk contains an ‘object’ photo booth that enables users to digitise their family’s war-related items such as medals, diaries and letters. The digitised objects are then uploaded to the relevant service person’s online cenotaph record. “While the process is user-friendly, our team at The Kauri Museum are more than happy to assist,” says Lisa. The Kauri Museum is open 7 days from 9am-5pm and has free entry for residents of the old Otamatea district.

For more information visit or phone 09431 7417.


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