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Chapel of Faith in the Oaks

Chapel of Faith in the Oaks

Chapel of Faith in the Oaks

This chapel marks a corner of Waikumete cemetery, along Glenview Road, Glen Eden. It had fallen into disrepair and was fenced off for a considerable time, but eventually funds became available for a restoration. The refurbished chapel was re-opened on October 5, 2010.…

Millennium Marker

Millennium Marker, Waikumete Cemetery

Millennium Marker, Waikumete Cemetery

The highest point in the huge grounds of Waikumete Cemetery is occupied by a water reservoir. Nearby is an area affording wide views across to the city of Auckland, an for the benefit of the viewer, a polished stone table indicates points of interest.…

Why Did the Chicken Cross The Road?

California Quail (Waikumete Cemetery)

California Quail (Waikumete Cemetery)

Well, no, of course it’s not a chicken, but a California quail (Callipepla californica; this one is a male with its brighter coloration and bigger feather bush). And there are large flocks (called “coveys”) of them (30 or more birds at a time) on Waikumete Cemetery, which is not only a resting place for the departed, but a great place to go walking, watch the abundant birdlife, or study the varied vegetation.…

Magnolia Way

Magnolia Way

Magnolia Way

Magnolia Way is a road in Waikumete Cemetery along which one finds mausoleums. While mausoleums are not common in NZ cemeteries, there are a good number of them at this site, catering largely for families of Dalmatian and Lebanese extraction.…

Loo with a View #1

Loo with a View

Loo with a View

This is the view from Waitakere View Road in the Waikumete Cemetery, together with public conveniences. Sadly, the view – across Glen Eden/Oratia and the vineyards of the foothils, with the Waitakere Ranges as backdrop – cannot be enjoyed from within.…

Painted Boxes: Anzac Day

Painted Boxes: Anzac Day (Dan Mills)

Painted Boxes: Anzac Day (Dan Mills)

In New Zealand and Australia, April 25 is a day of remembrance (Anzac Day). Originating with the ill-fated landing of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) at Gallipoli (Turkey) on April 25, 1915, it is now a day of more general commemoration of those who died in military action.…

Poppy Day

Waikumete Services Cemetery

Waikumete Services Cemetery

Today, April 25, New Zealand and Australia observe Anzac Day, the anniversary of the landing of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) at Gallipoli in Turkey (1915). From the commemoration of that ill-fated campaign, the day grew into a commemoration of all service personnel who died for their country, as well as honouring returned personnel.…

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