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Marines Hut Restoration Project

 

Help us finish restoring this great little WWII US Marines Hut

The MenzShed Kapiti has already put hundreds of volunteer hours into restoring and rebuilding this 1942 four-man Marines Hut so the Trust can turn it into a unique little museum that tells the story of the how over 15,000 US Marines were housed in Kapiti during WWII.

With the help of generous sponsorship building is now complete, and the hut has been taken from the MenzShed depot in Waikanae to its new home next to the US Marines Memorial in Queen Elizabeth Park. We now need to raise another $35,000 for the interior fit-out so the public can learn about the three Kapiti Marines camps were built by Kiwis in just six weeks.

Looking through a viewing window people will be able to see a diorama showing how the Marines lived in the building. Looking through a side window they’ll be able to operate an exterior switch to see a series of five short videos showing how and why the camps were built.

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Acknowledgements

The Marines Hut Restoration Project was managed and developed by the Kapiti US Marines Trust and made possible by the skills and generosity of these people and organisations:

 

The building

Grant Cunliffe and Sarah Brown

 

The site

Greater Wellington Regional Council

Kapiti Coast District Council Funding

Embassy of the United States

Fletcher Construction

Fletcher Drainage

Humes Concrete

Fletcher Reinforcing

PlaceMakers Kapiti

Expressway Alliance (M2PP)

Pelorus Trust

Wellington Community Trust

Ambassador William P. McCormick

and Gail McCormick

 

Research

Fletcher Archives

National Library of New Zealand

Archives New Zealand

 

Construction

Cochran and Murray, conservation architects

Menzshed Kapiti

Greater Wellington Regional Council

Placemakers Kapiti

Glassfit Ltd.

Stratford Electrical

Landworks Solutions

 

Design and furnishing

Boffa Miskell

Story Inc.

Anne Johnston Graphic Design

DAC Group Ltd.

Chris Dent

Paekakariki Station Museum

Shona Jaunas

Andy Woods

 

Project Manager – Anthony Dreaver

 

 
 
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