From the Ōtaki Mail, Wednesday April 14, 1926

FRIDAY, APRIL 16TH, AT 8 PM GRAND CONCERT AND DANCE 
IN AID OF SOLDIERS’ MEMORIAL REST RESORT

Programme

National Anthem
Song Mrs Hill
Song Miss Ashdown
Violin solo Mr J Rikihana
Recitation Mrs Sargisson
Song Miss Grant
Song Mr Dunkley
Recitation Mrs Lowry
Dance Miss Gillespie
Song Miss Nicolls

GRAND DANCE
BEST MUSIC FIRST CLASS SUPPER

WIRELESS DISPLAY
Weather permitting, great Wireless Display

Tickets:  Circle 3/-  Stalls 2/-  (Supper included)

This is John Pole, an Ōtaki builder.   He was the Director of Ceremonies for this event and apparently “kept affairs going merrily from start to finish”.  The event was to raise funds to pay for the soldiers’ memorial, and the venue was the Ōtaki Theatre, which was built by Pole.  His three sons and a son-in-law served in the First World War;  one of the sons, Roland, was killed at the age of 20.
This is John Pole, an Ōtaki builder.
He was the Director of Ceremonies for this event and apparently “kept affairs going merrily from start to finish”. The event was to raise funds to pay for the soldiers’ memorial, and the venue was the Ōtaki Theatre, which was built by Pole. His three sons and a son-in-law served in the First World War; one of the sons, Roland, was killed at the age of 20.