Otaki Museum » September 2014



Interest continues in the current exhibition “Otaki Remembers World War I”. The Roll of Honour is of special interest to local families and the museum welcomes additional and corrected information. The names are not only of soldiers – many women served as nurses during the war. In the smaller display room there is a focus on some local nurses and their work. This did not only include serving in hospitals in England and Egypt but on hospital trains and ships and troop ships. A local nurse survived the sinking of the troop ship Marama, but many lives were lost, including 32 New Zealanders – ten were nurses. One of the New Zealand soldiers who died was Private Alfred Pole aged 20 from Otaki, son of a well-known builder.