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Advisory: Opening date for Camp Paekākāriki interpretation site POSTPONED until further notice.  


The Kapiti US Marines Trust (KUSMT) advises that due to a lengthy spell of bad weather and the impact of Covid on some of our contractors, we have decided to delay the opening of the Camp Paekākāriki Interpretation Site until further notice. While this is disappointing, we believe we need to make this decision now and focus on a firm date following the project’s completion. Our grateful thanks for the persistent efforts of our construction team and the understanding and support of all stakeholders. 


The screening of a short film called Meet New Zealand by Steve La Hood featuring films of US Marines will go ahead on Tuesday 21 June St Peter's Village Hall Paekakariki:

1pm Hall Open
2pm 1st Film screening
5.30pm Film screening

You are warmly invited to an 80th Anniversary event featuring two live screenings of Steve La Hood’s new short film Meet New Zealand - show-casing highlights of the recently acquired Norm Hatch Collection. This short film introduces highlights of films and photographs shot in New Zealand of US Marines in 1943 by US combat cameraman Sgt Norm Hatch and his team. Read more 80th_Anniversary_Film_Screenings 






Finding Your World War II Marine or Sailor


Jim Wallace

The Trust frequently receives on-line and phone requests for help with genealogical research, while we can often help with your inquiries, there’s also a lot you can do to enrich your family story independently,

Take a look at the following questions and see what you can do to find the answers.

Once you have some of this information, we’re always happy to help – particularly with any queries relating to World War II US Marines history in and around Camps: Mackay, Russell and Paekakariki.  

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