Matakana is a small town in the Rodney District of New Zealand. Warkworth is about 9 km to the south-west, Snells Beach the same distance to the south, Omaha is about 7 km to the east, and Leigh is about 13 km to the north-east. The Matakana River flows through the town and into Kawau Bay to the south-east.
The surrounding area contains several vineyards. It is also known for its farmers' market, cinema, cafes, restaurants and boutique food shops. The reasonable proximity to Auckland (around one hour drive) has led to the region becoming a trendy getaway spot for foodie Aucklanders.
Matakana War Memorial
The Matakana War Memorial commemorates fallen servicemen from around Matakana who served during the First and Second World Wars. It is dedicated to 13 men from the district who lost their lives in the First World War. After the Second World War another plaque was added listing six men from the district who died in that conflict.
The memorial is unique as it features a sculpture of George V, sculpted by New Zealand sculptor William Henry Feldon (1872-1945). Instead of ordering a sculpted figure from overseas, which was a common practice in New Zealand at the time, soldier and politician Sir James Allen commissioned Feldon for memorials in Matakana, Helensville, Mercer, and the Arawa Memorial in Rotorua. The memorial was unveiled in 1920 but has been vandalised and restored several times. In 2006 the memorial was moved from its original location on the corner of Matakana Wharf Road and Matakana Road to a nearby site in the Matakana Wharf Reserve.
Matakana hosts many varied events throughout the year. The Matakana Farmers' Market is held every Saturday. Matakana School Gala is an annual event which attracts thousands from the surrounding district. Music Mountain Matakana is a musical event held in the hills behind Matakana in late summer. The Matakana Seagull Raft Race is held on the Matakana River every November. Power for the rafts is provided by restored British Seagull outboard motors.
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- William Henry Feldon
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