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Hauraki Plains Memorial Wall comprising two large curved stone walls with granite plaques, is situated within the Hugh Hayward Domain, Orchard Road, Ngatea.  

Hauraki Plains Memorial Wall

Due to the unsuitable ground conditions of the Hauraki Plains the Council have been unable to provide a central cemetery for the Plains Community.


To be eligible the deceased must have been a resident of the Hauraki Plains community for at least six months.

Hauraki Plains Memorial Wall

To make an application to have names engraved on the Hauraki Plains Memorial Wall, download and complete the application form and return it to one of our Council Offices with the appropriate fee. 

Applications for the next engraving will be received up to 16th March. The '˜unveiling' of the new inscriptions will take place after the ANZAC Day civic service.


There has in the past been a cemetery for the Plains community between Kaihere and Patetonga but this has not been used for a very long time.

The development of the Plains area itself initially occurred from the edges, with Patetonga and Kaihere being a long way from Turua and Kerepehi. In those times the Plains "fringe" communities looked to Thames, Morrinsville/Tahuna, Paeroa and Maramarua and the deceased were buried in the nearest. Maori are buried at a Urupa in Kerepehi and at Turua.

In 1952 the Plains County Council entered into an arrangement with neighbouring Thames County Council to allow Plains residents to be buried in their Totara cemetery without having to incur out of district fees. Hauraki Plains County Council paid an annual contribution to the running costs. That arrangement continues today between the Hauraki District Council and the Thames Coromandel District Council.

In 2003 Council opened the Hauraki Plains Memorial Wall. This Wall is provided by Council to record the passing of Plains residents, as a visual memory to them. For many families, the Wall has become the only place on the Plains where there is a physical memorial to those passed.