Nikao Cemetery Restoration Project

$4,480 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 49 people in 27 months
The Government Registered Crown Land "Nikao Cemetery" on Rarotonga contains the graves of foreigners including expats, tourists, 1977/78 Milan Brych cancer patients (including my mother Gloria Walker), Cook Islanders mostly from the Outer Islands, and the largest group of Cook Islands WW1 Anzacs buried in any cemetery or burial ground throughout the entire Cook Islands.
Our team of volunteers will continue to restore dignity to the final resting place of those resting in the Nikao cemetery.
Our team of volunteers need to continue to purchase concrete, paint, weed matting and other materials for the project.
Your support of this project is truly appreciated.
You can find more detailed information here:
http://www.facebook.com/pg/nikaocemeteryrestorationproject/

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&GRid=174792355&CRid=2617786&

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Hello to all of our wonderful supporters. I wanted to send you all a notification that ABC TV News Australia will be running a feature news story nationally about our work on Rarotonga this Sunday evening, April 22nd. I hope that this will lead to more sponsors and donors to help allay tree lopping, stump grinding and landscaping costs so that our preservation work can continue. I thank you all so much for your previous support and help that has seen us get to this stage with our cemetery restoration project. If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me via email: cwalker64@bigpond.com
Once again, I thank you all sincerely for your support and donations. Cate
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Hello to all the wonderful Nikao cemetery Go Fund Me donors.
Here is a link to part of my interview with Radio New Zealand ten days ago when I discussed the progress we have made at the Nikao cemetery.
http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player?audio_id=2018629188
The latest information is always here on our cemetery Facebook page:
https://m.facebook.com/nikaocemeteryrestorationproject/
If you have any queries whatsoever you are very welcome to email me at cwalker64@bigpond.com
Thank you all once again for your kind donations. You have helped turn this once neglected cemetery into a site of significant historic importance in the Cook Islands.
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Hello to all the wonderful Nikao cemetery Go Fund Me donors. Here is a quick update on our progress.
I have been reviewing quotes and wording for the historic signage for the cancer patients, tourists and expats section of the Nikao cemetery.
This sign will be installed in January 2018 when I return to Rarotonga, and will give tourists and visitors to the Nikao cemetery information about this historic site and those who are resting there.
I am now seeking local sponsorship from within the Cook Islands for the historic sign telling the story behind the Cook Islands WW1 Anzacs buried within the Nikao cemetery.
This is the LARGEST group of Cook Islands WW1 NZEF Anzacs buried anywhere throughout the Cook Islands.
The latest information is always here on our cemetery Facebook page:
https://m.facebook.com/nikaocemeteryrestorationproject/
If you have any queries whatsoever you are very welcome to email me at cwalker64@bigpond.com
Thank you all once again for your kind donations. You have helped turn this once neglected cemetery into a site of significant historic importance in the Cook Islands.
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Hello to all the wonderful Nikao cemetery Go Fund Me donors.
I wanted to give everyone an update on recent events on Rarotonga.
The New Zealand High Commission to Rarotonga and the Cook Islands Police Service have signed a Memorandum of Understanding which will see the site brush cut every month. This is fantastic news!
You can read more here:
http://www.cookislandsnews.com/national/local/item/64665-joint-effort-to-maintain-old-cemetery
The Nikao Cemetery Restoration Project is still evolving and our team of volunteers still have much more work to do beautifying the site - more coconut tree removal, seating, pathways, cemetery friendly plantings, historic signage etc, so our work will be ongoing. We still have in excess of NZ$3000 which has been fundraised both here via Go Fund Me and on Rarotonga. We will use these funds to continue beautifying the site.
The latest information is always here on our cemetery Facebook page:
https://m.facebook.com/nikaocemeteryrestorationproject/
If you have any queries whatsoever you are very welcome to email me at cwalker64@bigpond.com
Thank you all once again for your kind donations. You have helped turn this once neglected cemetery into a site of significant historic importance in the Cook Islands.
Cate Walker
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Louise Walker
24 months ago
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Great work, Cate. Good luck with your trip to Rarotonga.

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Joanne
3 months ago

Great job to you and yours Cate. We need more like you!

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Raised by 49 people in 27 months
Created January 3, 2017
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$100
Anonymous
14 days ago
$100
ROBERT HILBERT
4 months ago

my fatherJerry is in the cementry Mary is my sister and Lucy is my mother i visited my fathers grave a few years ago and appreciate what you and your group are doing ,thanks again for caring.

KM
$100
Kay Miller
6 months ago

My mother, Joyce Parish, is buried there.

$100
Tata Crocombe
6 months ago

Thank you for undertaking this important work.

SB
$1,000
Sandra Beaton
11 months ago

Thank you Cate & fellow volunteers for all of your hard work. We appreciate everything you have done to take care of our loved one. Tommy & Sandra, son & daughter of John Watson.

$20
Louise Walker
24 months ago

A great cause!

DC
$500
Denise Campbell
25 months ago (Offline Donation)
Louise Walker
24 months ago
1
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Great work, Cate. Good luck with your trip to Rarotonga.

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Joanne
3 months ago

Great job to you and yours Cate. We need more like you!

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