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Rangimārie - A New Zealand Garden for Peace in Le Quesnoy, France
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Rangimārie A New Zealand Garden For Peace In Le Quesnoy, France
Project 2018-08-08 21:17:49 +1200
Thank you so much for the amazing support! It's getting close! For this garden to be fully funded we need the pledges to get to $22,000, please keep giving, every little bit is greatly appreciated!
We have been commissioned to build a garden for peace as part of the 100 year commemoration of World War 1 in a small village in the north of France named Le Quesnoy, which NZ soldiers freed from German occupation on the 4th November 1918. Le Quesnoy will also be the site of the New Zealand War Memorial Museum acknowledging our role in WW1.
The New Zealand soldiers captured the town by climbing the walls with ladders, many NZ soldiers were killed. The north of France lost many historic towns and sites during WW1 so the decision of NZ soldiers to go in with ladders means that the citadel of Le Quesnoy is one of the few villages that survived bombardment.
A New Zealand Solider standing on top of the walls of Le Quesnoy, taken after the battle when the town had been libertated.
Ever since, the town has maintained a strong affinity with New Zealand. The invitation to create a significant garden which looks forward in peace allows us to acknowledge this important milestone after the residents of Le Quesnoy have cared for our ancestors as their own for the last one hundred years. It is our opportunity to return back a koha which will never be and never need be repaid; such is friendship.
A view overlooking the site of our garden, currently meadow some of which will be kept as part of the
concept of respect for this place.
Our team will be travelling to Le Quesnoy in September to build and plant the Rangimārie garden, which will have its official opening ceremony on 3rd November, the eve of the 100 year anniversary of the liberation.
Who are we...
Our team is a collaboration between Xanthe White Design Studio and Uru Whakaaro Ltd; together we bring a wealth of experience working on a wide range of landscape, social and ecological projects both in NZ and abroad.
We believe the way to acknowledge the story of our men and the town Le Quesnoy is to create a space that unites our cultures and allows visitors to be transported from France into a space that reflects our home and offers an opportunity for meditation to visitors now and into the future.
The key theme of Peace will be expressed through the Māori concept of Rangimārie. For Māori, Rangimārie is the space of calm within which we can walk with our tūpuna (ancestors). This exists in the hours before dawn as well as having a relationship between wai (water) and the whare tangata (womb).
As the people of Le Quesnoy have looked after our tūpuna (ancestors) for 100 years the concept of the garden is to create a place of Rangimārie or calm where we can find the space to walk with our ancestors. While the memorial and the museum tell their stories and remember their names, to walk with them again we need to be able to leave the raru (conflict) and noise of this world and enter a state of calm and quiet reflection.
How you can help...
The garden is being funded by the French government, the Region Haut-de-France, New Zealand/France friendship Fund and the support of the City of Le Quesnoy through an organisation called Art & Jardins Hauts-de-France, but the funding is a small commission for a large site and so we are trying to raise enough money to have seating in the garden and to be able to extend the planting to occupy the whole site. We thought it would be wonderful for New Zealanders to continue our circle of koha to give something from us to the garden to make it a special place for the town of Le Quesnoy but also a special place for the New Zealanders that visit every year to remember their ancestors.
Any funds raised beyond that spent on the garden we would like to put towards setting up a reforestation trust in Le Quesnoy. Not only did France loose many historic sites during WW1, it lost almost all of its forest, the trees were cut down and the whole landscape became nothing but mud, so if we’re able to raise money beyond the seats we want to put it towards the formation of a trust to assist the North of France in re-establishing a reforestation programme working with community groups and community nurseries kiwi style so that in another 100 years the friendship that started in Le Quesnoy can grow to give back to France something that they have lost which is something that we value the most.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like more information
(+64) 09 3007135 [email protected]
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Kia ora koutou katoa!
Huge gratitude to all of you who have supported this pledgeme campaign for our Rangimārie garden! There is 1 day left! With your help we have reached our goal but every little bit still helps and will go directly into the garden. Please share with your friends and follow the campaign for updates when we arrive on site next weekend to start the build.
Ngā mihi nui, in gratitude and peace,
Xanthe, Zoe and Char
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2018-09-16 20:09:14 +1200
Roni has pledged on 2 campaigns.
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Mary-Ruth Doole has pledged on 1 campaign.
"My Grandfather William Arthur Whitlock lost 2 fingers on his left hand while fighting here. This pledge is for my mother Wendy Doole (nee Whitlock) If possible she would prefer a Pohutakawa as her plant"
2018-09-15 21:23:52 +1200
Shelisha Trusler has pledged on 2 campaigns.
"To remember the sacrifices of men & women given in a time of war so we may live in a time of Peace. A Garden For Peace the perfect remembrance. Hope all goes well with this great project."
2018-09-15 12:36:13 +1200
Lee Marzetti has pledged on 7 campaigns.
"Love from Rosie and Lee x"
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Yoko Matsumura has pledged on 1 campaign.
"Hello. It’s Toko’s mother. Thank you for accepting my daughter in NZ. She had an awesome time with you and your family. Good luck with your project and Toko will be back to NZ soon!"
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Tracie Male has pledged on 1 campaign.
"What a wonderful project! Hope to visit this special place one day. #bucketlist#lovetrees#triptofrance."
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Anne Quaid has pledged on 3 campaigns.
"In memory of Grandad."
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Ashley Burrowes has pledged on 1 campaign.
"Cheap with extra 50c. After all it's a donation!"
2018-09-12 19:34:41 +1200
Susan Brooker has pledged on 2 campaigns.
"What a lovely project and you are the perfect team to do it. I really hope we get to see it sometime. Good Luck! Susan and Mike"
2018-09-11 19:23:42 +1200
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HEDGE Garden Design & Nursery has pledged on 2 campaigns.
"All the best & looking forward to following the garden's progress on Instagram xx Rach HEDGE"
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2018-09-09 14:54:48 +1200
DONALD BEST has pledged on 1 campaign.
"To the memory of my uncle Arthur Joe Trotter killed in the battle of Le Quesnoy"
2018-09-08 17:33:48 +1200
Kathleen Faulkner has pledged on 2 campaigns.
"This pledge is being in memory of Thomas William Chitty, my father, who fought at Le Quesnoy and was awarded a military medal for bravery in the field. "
2018-09-08 17:28:11 +1200
Monique Kimber has pledged on 2 campaigns.
"This pledge is being in memory of Thomas William Chitty who fought at Le Quesnoy and was awarded a military medal for bravery in the field. "
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Julie has pledged on 2 campaigns.
"This donation is made on behalf of members of the choir Voix de femmes Wellington NZ"
2018-09-06 15:38:14 +1200
Sue Slater has pledged on 2 campaigns.
"What a beautiful concept and plan. We will look forward to seeing it in person one day."
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"on behalf of the Eskdale War Memorial Church"
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Pam Southey has pledged on 2 campaigns.
"In memory of Charles Carrington Southey, a member of the New Zealand Cyclist Corp, who served in the vicinty in Worl War 1."
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Amanda has pledged on 1 campaign.
"I look forward to visiting!"