In a small town twelve thousand miles away from the battlefields of Europe stands a monument dedicated to all Māori who fought for King and Country during World War One.

Constructed in 1925, it was built so generations to come would remember the supreme sacrifices made by Māori soldiers.

Over time, the stone and the memories carved into it slowly crumble. Storms and earthquakes accelerate this erosion. The loss of generations and dispersal of whānau exacerbates it.

Stopping the erosion, conserving the stones and rebuilding the monument will take a specialist team over a year and cost more than half a million dollars.

Goldfield Stone conservation team. Top row: Sonny Williams, Marco Buerger. Bottom row: Mark Whyte, Robin Ayers (not shown: Adrian Te Patu, Aaron Te Rangiao)

Detlef Klein, Manawatu Museum Services

Rosemary Tennant, Pākaitore Historic Reserve Board

Restoring memories, reconnecting whānau, and ultimately welcoming a World War One hero back home will take the love of a whole community.

Set in Stone is told from the heart by people whose passion and skill unite them. Māori and Pākehā, German and English all contribute to this fascinating and moving story.

Filmed with aroha in the gardens of Pākaitore, Whanganui, it’s a story about a New Zealand community doing what they do best – caring for those who lived and those still living.

Set In Stone is a feature length documentary from award winning cinematographer Kevin Double (“For Children”, “Project Born behind-the-scenes”). Kevin is passionate about showing the internal beauty of his subjects combining them with stunning visuals to create poetic stories.

For information on how you can discover the fascinating story of Set In Stone for yourself please click the link below, or email Double Farley at

All material (c) 2017 Double Farley Creative Partners Ltd unless stated otherwise.


Photo 1: Whanganui District Native War Memorial (Moutoa Gardens). Whanganui District Council Archives collection. Photographer: Denton. AAD 58 : 0 : 42.  Photo 2: Mayor of Wanganui, Mr Hope Gibbons, placing soil from the battlefields of Belgium in the Wanganui Maori War Memorial on Anzac Day. Shows a crowd grouped around the monument. Photograph taken 25 April 1925 by Frank J Denton. Photos 4 & 5: Detlef Klein, Manawatu Museum Services / Goldfield Stone Photo 15: Koen Dewitte, Belgian filmmaker Photo 22: Herewini Whakarua, Portrait, Auckland War Memorial Museum. All other photos: Kevin Double, Double Farley Creative Partners Ltd.

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