Seaview Hill history celebrated

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by Rebekah Fraser
A new kiosk at the Hokitika Cemetery that commemorates the history ‘up the hill’ was unveiled on Saturday.
Interpretation panels at the shelter tell the history of the Seaview Hospital, Westland Hospital and the Hokitika Gaol.
Heritage Hokitika chairman Bernard Preston said the collaborative project started in 2008.
“It’s taken us a few years but we have finally got here.”
It was a fitting tribute to those that were no longer here, he
said.
“It is sad that those three are gone, but it is important to remember them and record our history.”
Former Seaview Hospital nurse Kevin Lyes said the Seaview reunion committee had also worked on the kiosk.
“I knew Seaview had to be memorialised. When I heard about the kiosk my heart told me that this was it.
“It is perfect.”
The kiosk also features a map of the cemetery and the history of some of the more infamous grave sites.
Two memorial stones flank the kiosk and commemorate those buried in the cemetery without identification.