This project will restore and reinvigorate a significant piece of history for the city of Palmerston North and the Royal New Zealand Army Medical Corps. to be completed october 2016.

  Photo from Sgt William McWilliam's WWI Photography Album - Egypt, Gallipoli and Western Front. Courtesy of New Zealand Army Museum

 

Photo from Sgt William McWilliam's WWI Photography Album - Egypt, Gallipoli and Western Front. Courtesy of New Zealand Army Museum

Awapuni Racecourse was home to one of New Zealand’s largest training camps in WW1, and was the sole location for training the New Zealand Medical Corps. staff.  The Memorial marks this site as a place of special significance.

Officially opened in 1929, the Awapuni Medical Memorial honours the contribution and sacrifice of the Officers and Soldiers of the New Zealand Medical Corps (NZMC) during the great War.  However, although Palmerston North remains the primary training ground for NZ Army medical staff who deploy overseas on operations today, the history and condition of the Memorial has faded somewhat.  

Renewal of the Memorial makes an important statement of remembrance for the fallen.  As part of the Centenary of World War One this project is being led by the 2nd Health Support Battalion (NZ), NZ Army, based at Linton Military Camp, and is supported by key city partners.



The Awapuni RNZAMC Memorial Centenary Project Team wishes to thank a number of organisations for their on-going support:

  • Central Energy Trust
  • Lion Foundation
  • Linton Executive Council
  • Veterans Affairs New Zealand
  • Eastern and Central Community Trust
  • Higgins Construction
  • Studio Pacific Architecture
  • Acrow Scaffolding
  • New Zealand Racing Board
  • The Royal New Zealand Army Medical Corps
  • New Zealand Defence Force
  • Palmerston North City Council
  • RACE Inc.
  • RNZAMC Fund
  • Historic Places Manawatu-Horowhenua
  • Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and Technology
  • WW1 Lotteries Grants Board
  • Manawatu Museum Services Ltd
  • RSA Trust