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Join us for Memorial Weekend 2017


 Memorial Weekend 2017 (May 28-29) commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the arrival of U.S.Armed forces in New Zealand in 1942. To mark the occasion, the Trust will also open its newly-restored U.S.Marines Hut in Queen Elizabeth Park (formerly Camp Russell).

For those who lived through these times, their friends, children and grandchildren this is a great time to soak up some World War II U.S.Marines history, visit Kapiti and explore our newly developed U.S.Marines sites.

Key events:  

The In the Footsteps of the Marines charity Walk & Run through two former U.S.Marine Camps (Sunday May 28 starting at 8 am), and

Our special Memorial Day Service in Queen Elizabeth Park (Monday June 29) starting at 10 am (sharp) - followed by the opening of the new Marines’ hut and a community morning tea).

Memorial Day commemorates nearly half a million U.S. service men and women who lost their lives in World War II and acknowledges the strong bond between Kapiti people and the Marines during this time.

This 75thth Anniversary of the “friendly invasion” of U.S.Armed Services during World War II will focus on the remarkable story of how the three Marines Camps were built by Kiwis in just six weeks.

Join us and find out more about our Huts Restoration ProjectIf you have time to spare - visit our Marines Heritage Walk in Whareroa Farm and the “Friend In Need Exhibition at the Paekakariki Station Museum.


Message from Ambassador Bill and Gail McCormick


Gail & Bill McCormackWe are very proud and honored to be Patrons the Kapiti US Marines Trust. Their work with friends and partners to preserve and promote the history of the United States Marines and Navy in Kapiti district is unique and valuable, and shows how a community can preserve its heritage. It also shows how the spirit of friendship forged between US Armed Forces and the people of New Zealand in the 1940’s endures to this day and is worth maintaining.


Better than a tent: Kapiti WWII American marine's hut restored in time for memorial day

Virginia Fallon 

May 10, 2017


They were cold, dark and may have been the country's original tiny houses.

In 1942, small citys of  windowless huts sprang up around the Kapiti Coast to house thousands of American soldiers training for battle in the Pacific.

Measuring 2.4m x 4.5m, the basic cabins housed four men for up to two years. There was no power, linings or insulation but, according to Dave Porter they did have one important attraction.

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