Tranquil grounds, tree-lined drives, manicured gardens and steeped in history, Purewa is a place of peace and support in the hardest of times.
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“I want to thank you again for all your help in making it possible for me to be able to follow my husband’s wish and have him close to his Mother and Father in his final rest. Your cemetery is a beautiful spot.”
Mary Annabella Geddes was a pioneer of service to women. As a daughter of Ngāti Toro (Ngāpuhi) she remained proud of her Māori heritage, passing her values and identity to the following generations.
Sir Edward Elgar's most popular works evoke emotions of melancholy and nostalgia. What is surprising is that he likely drew his inspiration from a Kiwi source, his long-ago fiancé Helen Weaver and her son Kenneth. Here's the story of Sir Edward Elgar's Kiwi...
Doctor, inventor, linguist, musician, clergyman, publisher, architect and legendary surgeon, Arthur Guyon Purchas was New Zealand's Renaissance Man. This year, some 200 family descendants celebrated his life at a reunion in Auckland. Introducing AGP Purchas arrived in...
Purewa Receives the Green Award for Water Conservation. The Green Award acknowledges Purewa’s rainwater harvesting project. The program began in 2021 by reroofing the chapels to allow the collection of rainwater into three 30,000 litre tanks, which Purewa then uses to water the cemetery’s flowering kidney-shaped gardens.
Tongan New Zealander Walter Batty left New Zealand as a 35-year-old to fight in the New Zealand Artillery 6 Field Regiment in North Africa, where he fought against Rommel’s Panzers in Operation Crusader.
His selfless actions in that campaign earned him a Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) for his single-handed combat against German tanks.