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Forest of Memories

The Forest of Memories is inviting members of our community to become part of a group that would help with maintenance at the park - you can do this by becoming a Friend of the Forest of Memories.

It is envisaged that the group would meet regularly one day every 3 or 4 weeks to undertake maintenance under the guidance of our custodian Andrew Watts.

Everyone is welcome to join - we are sure there is work to suit all ages and abilities.

Please express your willingness to join via the Contact Us page on our website or by email to forestof

Founders Lane

We have been establishing an avenue of oaks for some time now on a natural ridge up towards Pukeora with the idea of making trees in the lane available to founding families in Central Hawkes Bay.

To be eligible as a founder and member of the Founders Lane ones ancestors have to have arrived in New Zealand by before 1865.  If any local family wishes to be involved - get in touch.

The Winlove family over Easter placed this seat looking towards Waipukurau and Lindsay Bush.  The family have chosen a tree in the lane.

Autumn colours at the park

Over the ANZAC weekend while the weather was fine and clear I took these photos - they show the Forest of Memories at its best.  It's amazing the range of colours that are present in the trees this time of the year.

The story of Victor and Peggy Graham (click to read more)

Pukeora and the Forest of Memories is a place of great significance to the memory of the family of Victor and Peggy Graham.  

Pukeora is the place where Victor and Peggy met and where their relationship became established.
“For Dad, before and after he and Mum married, it was his ‘home’ on and off for several years, and for Mum the Nurses Home was her ‘home’ for the time she worked at Pukeora.  She became very adept at riding her bicycle into town and back!!  The view was one that Dad never tired of during the many months he was confined to the open air rooms overlooking the Ruahine Ranges and up the Ruataniwha Plains.”

Read this wonderful story about two local people with a love for Pukeora - the full family story of Victor & Peggy Graham is here.......