Hokitika Lions Club

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Thank You from the Conway-Keenan family

Just letting you know that I credited $625.00 into the Lions club account for the great work that you are doing up at the Stafford cemetery.
Our Keenan family really appreciate you getting the Conway-Keenan grave site in grand condition for Sunday’s unveiling and with the old and new headstone’s looking a million dollars now
Regards – Mike

Stafford Cemetery Access Road

Cemetery access improved

Stafford Cemetery access road apparently initially led to a sports field at the rear of the cemetery. The sports field fell out of use as the population declined and is now overgrown.

The bitumen sealed road has also been subject to climate and vegetation damage with a thick layer of dirt and grass covering the surface making access difficult in wet weather. The growth of the large Japanese Cedar at the gate also added a dangerous camber to the road.
Thanks to Lions President Peter Nancekivell, the access has been improved and should now allow access in all weather allowing less-abled visitors to visit graves.
Gravel donated Phoenix and BRM

Town Lights 2017

14 November – the start of lighting up the town, One of the trees in Weld Street. Assembled by the voluntary labour of the Hokitika Lions.

Replace Tambo’s Ship Wheel

While I was at the Westland Industrial Heritage Park on the 23rd of November I saw Mort Cruickshank and Jim Butzbach putting on the finishing touches to the replacement ship’s wheel for the Tambo Shipwreck Memorial. The original memorial had a plaster plinth which was vandalised and was in such a state that it had to be removed and the wheel was taken away for safekeeping. As you can see the new upright is made from metal and should survive a lot of abuse. A week later the ship’s wheel was having the bolt holes drilled in the base by Jim Butzbach with Reuban supervising. By lunchtime the wheel was installed by the Tambo.

James Steele Grave

The Stafford Cemetery restoration is progressing well with the James Steele grave surround almost ready to have the headstone returned. James Steele was one of the earlier Irish colonists, amongst the first to arrive in Hokitika. He died in 1910 age 83 and is buried in the Anglican section.

The grave surround had sunk and twisted causing the cross to snap off. The lean was approximately 30 degrees.


A trench was dug around the grave. We were going to jack it up – rather like doing house piles, but this was an epic fail due to the state of the concrete and uneven lower surface. So we used the Archimedes principal of levers to lift and level the surround and placed packers to hold it in place.

To keep it intact, ratchet tie-downs were used.

Thanks to Graeme Wallace for his expertise and Andrew Corson for helping with the concreting. And Jim Barnes for the concrete mixer

And yes, it’s now level.

Henry Peacock Grave

Henry Peacock was another Irish miner – this time a Catholic from County Limerick. He died age 48 at Westland Hospital.

His headstone has been cleaned and is being joined together.

The rods are fiberglass.

We have started the trenching and will do a similar process to the Steele grave.

Sunset Point Winter 2017

Ian Davidson, Lyall Delore and Rob Daniel replace the Heritage Hokitika “Shipwreck” information sign on Saturday morning
It’s been placed on a schist rock base to make it easily movable.

It was obviously a bit dark when we did this one on Saturday morning!
Lyall Delore (fisherman volunteer) watches as the 2nd Lions Lifebuoy stand is lowered into place at Sunset point as promised, 5 weeks before the white baiting season starts.
Rob Daniel and Ian Davidson lift the sign into place.