Thames War Memorial Monument Restoration

We have completed repairs to the plaster surface of the war monument in Thames. Landscaping of the grounds surrounding the monument will be undertaken once external funding is secured.

Thames War Memorial Monument with lights being tested

The war memorial in Thames is unmissable: it towers on a hill overlooking town and is a prominent reminder of the sacrifices made by our nation's World War I generation.

The monument was originally unveiled on Anzac Day in 1925 and commemorates those from the Thames area who were killed in the Great War.

Thanks in part to a Lotteries grant of $59,990, the memorial was restored in 2016 after cracking in the plaster surface was discovered.

This restoration was completed by 11 November 2016, the 98th anniversary of Armistice Day.

Lighting was installed in time for Anzac Day 2017, so now the monument can be picked out in appropriate colours at different times of the year.

Budget was set aside in the Long Term Plan 2018-2028 to landscape the grounds surrounding the monument to make them more accessible to people with mobility issues and to highlight the story of New Zealand's involvement in WWI. 

Our Community Facilities staff are consulting with the Thames RSA on a concept landscaping design, which should be ready to present at the Armistice Day centenary on 11 November 2018.

The estimated cost of the landscaping is approximately $250,000 spread over three years. External funding will be sought to offset the cost to ratepayers.

Thames War Memorial covered in scaffolding

(Drone photograph of Thames War Memorial taken by Kester Bradwell, contact at