Memorial Seat for John Porter

$1,810 of $3,000 goal
Given by 21 generous donors in around 7 months

Help fund a memorial seat for John Porter one of Paekakariki’s loved and respected residents


The Trust is coordinating a campaign to raise $3,000 to buy a memorial seat for the late John Porter who died in Paraparaumu recently.

John has made a significant contribution to the Paekakariki community over the past 70 years. Most notably, he spear-headed the campaign to save Whareroa Farm and keep the land in public ownership and also campaigned against moves to establish motor-racing in Queen Elizabeth Park.

John Porter gave over 60 years’ service to the Paekakariki Surf Lifesaving Club and to Surf Lifesaving New Zealand, he served on the Paekakariki School Board, was Deputy Chair of the Paekakariki Community Board, a former Chair of the Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park, a Trustee of the Whareroa Guardians and a Trustee of the Kapiti US Marines Trust. He was a regular contributor to the Paekakariki Xpressed and regularly wrote fascinating, history stories that kept the community in touch with its past and helped it make good decisions about its future.

The seat will be placed in the shelter of a grove of trees at US Marines Memorial site off Whareroa Road in Queen Elizabeth Park. It will be a companion to other seats for other significant Kapiti sons and daughters, like John Lancashire, Daphne Steelle and Jean Luke - who have contributed to the Coast and to the park.

About us

The Kapiti U.S.Marines Trust was established in 2010 to promote the collection, conservation and exhibition of WWII U.S.Marines’ history in Kapiti and the Wellington region.

Our vision, is to tell the story of the ‘friendly invasion’ of U.S.Armed Forces in New Zealand between 1942-44 for future generations.

Use of funds

The Trust will use the funds to buy a memorial seat for the late John Porter who died in Paraparaumu recently.

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Sylvia on 23 Sep 2019
Matthew on 23 Sep 2019
Spencer on 02 Sep 2019
Prue on 24 Aug 2019
John (and Betty) was a splendid Paekakarikian - he did so much. Personally I remember lots of great squash matches against him!
Porter Family
Porter Family on 24 Jun 2019

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This page was created on 9 May 2019 and closed on 30 Nov 2019.