18 Jan 2011

Flagpole in line for historic place protection

5:39 pm on 18 January 2011

The site of a flagpole erected near Wellington for the first Anzac Day service in 1916 could become protected as a historic place.

The 21-metre pole in Petone was built to honour Australian and New Zealand railway workers killed at Gallipoli in 1915, the Historic Places Trust says.

The trust has assessed the flagpole, made of kauri and Australian hardwood timber, as suitable for its top category for protection, meaning it is of outstanding national significance.

The trust's central region general manager, Ann Neill, says the organisation's board will make a final decision in February on whether the flagpole gets the highest order of protection.

The Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association says it supports the move.