Avondale Peace Garden
The Avondale Peace Garden (located at the entrance to Avondale where Great North Road meets Ash Street) was created in August 1995 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The driving force behind the site was Kurt Brehmer, a now deceased local environmentalist and peace activist who was a member of the Avondale Community Board at the time. The small circular garden was planted with a low trimmed box hedge in the shape of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament sign (CND). Flowers were planted inside the arms of the symbol making it a living peace symbol.
A bronze plaque reads, “The Avondale Community Board at the request of the Foundation For Peace Studies dedicates this peace garden as a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”
The Whau Local Board passed a resolution on 9 August 2011 to support the Auckland Council Peace declaration of 2011. Let’s not lose site of this important peace of our local history.