July 22, 2020, 5:34 p.m.
When Richard Taaffee, a Vietnam veteran from Kaitaia, and a group of fellow veterans noticed that the First World War Memorial at Remembrance Park was damaged and the funerary angel that topped the memorial had lost an arm they recognised an opportunity to serve their country once again.
They began a fundraising campaign to fix the memorial with little to no support from the local RSA or the Far North District Council. It was the wider the community that came together to support the veterans and restore New Zealand's first civic memorial to honour the dead from the First World War.
With the memorial restored, the groups weren't done and a book project was developed to remember and honour those 119 men that had lost their lives during the First World War. The book will be published on the 11th of November, this year.