Kōrero: Floods

The Kōpuawhara memorial

The Kōpuawhara memorial

Set in a quiet rural area, this memorial was built in 1942 to commemorate those who were killed in the Kōpuawhara flood. It is hard to visualise the devastating power of the Kōpuawhara Stream in full flood, but the memorial serves as a reminder of the unpredictability of New Zealand’s rivers. The memorial lists 22 names, 21 killed at Kōpuawhara and one man who was swept away in the same downpour at Boyd's Camp on Maraetaha Stream, closer to Gisborne.

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Private collection
Photograph by Bruce Scott

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Eileen McSaveney, 'Floods - The Kōpuawhara flash flood, 1938', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/4885/the-kopuawhara-memorial (accessed 30 June 2022)

He kōrero nā Eileen McSaveney, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 1 Aug 2017