Mercer's unusual memorial - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to the memorial at Mercer.

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Mercer's memorial in the Video tab.

A memorial at Mercer remembers two wars – one far away and one close to home. The memorial to First World War soldiers is built on top of the gun turret of the Pioneer, a naval vessel used by British forces in their 1860s war against Waikato Māori. The Pioneer transported troops and shelled pā (Māori fortified settlements) on the Waikato River.

Related web links:
War in Waikato
Mercer war memorial
Waikato River
Waikato tribes

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way – its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit