Kapiti US Marines Trust

Kapiti US Marines Trust

The KUSMT's goal is to collect, preserve and promote World War II US Armed Forces history from 1942-1944 on the Kapiti Coast


The Kapiti U.S. Marines Trust (KUSMT) was established in 2009 to collect, conserve, exhibit, and promote WWII US Marines history from 1942-1944 – particularly in camps Paekakariki, Mackay and Russell, in Kapiti, New Zealand. The Trust is registered with the Charities Commission (CC46035) and represents a number of local, regional and national groups with heritage and conservation interests.

While our focus is the history surrounding Camps Russell, MacKay and Paekakariki we also have an interest in Marines camps in other parts of the Wellington region and in the social history and friendships between Kiwis and Americans during this brief but all-important encounter.

For more information visit: www.marinenz.com.

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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.

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Update for 22/04/2014  22 April 2014

We are pleased to advise that we have 6 Marines arriving for a visit May 4-7 2014. They will visit Paekakariki Station Museum, visit the memorial at Queen Elizabeth Park ,visit Old St.Pauls, the National War Memorial and other places of interest in Wellington before heading off to Tarawa.

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