Kapiti U.S. Trust

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The Kapiti U.S.Marines Trust is a not-for-profit incorporation established in 2010 to ensure the bonds formed between Kiwis and Americans during World War II are not forgotten.

Between 1942-44 15,000 marines were stationed in camps Paekakariki, Russell and Mackay out-numbering the locals by 15-1. Thousands of men were also stationed in neighboring camps in Porirua, the Hutt Valley and Wellington City. This is the most significant war story in our district; its memories live on in our land and in the hearts of Kiwi and American citizens.

We aim to create a niche tourism/heritage precinct as well as a range of events and exhibitions that will engage Kiwis and U.S. citizens with connections to this brief but intense period of history. We want both groups to visit our region, share their stories and learn more about our shared heritage.

We do this by running events (Memorial Day ceremonies, story-telling days, and the annual In the Footsteps of the Marines run/walk). By funding and developing heritage infrastructure (signage in and around the old camp sites), by maintaining our website, and by collecting, heritage material related to the period.

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