Purewa a Living Space

Purewa is a living space. It is place of memory where lives continue in the thoughts and meditations of the next generation.

The space lives in the present as a green enclave in the heart of Auckland, a preserve of trees, insects, birds…

…and as a giver of health and well-being to the many who walk Purewa’s paths each day.

Heritage, preservation, living memory…that’s Purewa.

Get to know the fascinating stories kept alive here through the feature library below.

Our lives have meaning. And meaning is a narrative, the story of our lives.

These short films highlight timely and timeless accounts.

They reflect New Zealand’s history and identity

It’s a growing library. Check back often!

(Click for the library or select a story from the sliding panel below.)

Anzac Day 2022 "The Battle of Armageddon"

NZ Troops in the Holy Land with General Allenby

New Zealand's Greatest Natural Disaster

Lessons for Our Time on Our Relationship With Nature and One Another: Remembering Purewa's Amelia Hazard

Witold Bukowski: Polish Hero in Battle Against Soviets and Nazis

Matariki 2022: Remembering Purewa's Mere Wharepappa

A Time to Reflect on Those Who Have Passed and Connect with Nature

New Zealand's Renaissance Man: Arthur Guyon Purchas

Purewa Lives!

Matariki 2023: Remembering Mary Geddes

Anzac Day 2023: Hero Walter Batty

Edward Elgar's Inspiration

NEW TOUR PREVIEW: On to the Theatre!

Those Who Have Gone Before Us

We are proud to have the history of Auckland reflected in our grounds, with some of New Zealand’s earliest settlers and notable citizens laid to rest here. Many notable people have biographies on our website. Please search to find someone specific, or browse by category (below).

For a more comprehensive dictionary of Purewa Notables, compiled with the assistance of historian Dr. Alistair Watts, please click here.

Search for a Notable Grave

Friends of Purewa

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Purewa is a living space, woven into Auckland’s history as an embodiment of the city’s values and a preserve of its natural beauty. More than 55,000 Aucklanders and others rest here, representing the deep legacy of a city known for its warm embrace of all who came to her shores.

The aim of the Friends of Purewa voluntary group is to foster awareness of this rich history through research, storytelling and the preservation of Purewa’s park-like grounds and gardens. Gardening, grave cleaning, genealogical and biographical research and development of guided walking tours are all part of the Friends experience.

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