St Andrews Hall

This small hall nestled into the hillside is the home of the Wanganui Highland Pipe Band. It sits adjacent to the Police Station and has two concrete lions outside its main entrance.

As early as 1942 the Band wanted to have its own hall but wartime restrictions meant that building permits were not available for any non-essential projects.

When the Government said it would provide a subsidy for approved war memorials, Wanganui decided to build its own substantial “Remembrance Hall” on the site of the old Drill Hall. The Band had already begun fundraising for their own hall but agreed that whatever funds they had accumulated would be donated to the City Council for the Rememberance Hall, known today as the War Memorial Hall.

Initially the City Council offered the Band space in the Memorial Hall but this deal did not go ahead. In a compromise, the Council offered the Band a site in Bell Street for its own hall, which the City Council would provide at a peppercorn rental, along with a cash grant of some 2,000 pounds. This offer was not accepted and the Band resumed fundraising, opening their own hall on the 5th of December 1959.