The wording on the commemorative plaque reads:
From Queen's Wharf on 21 October 1989, 215 men of the first contingent embarked for the South African War aboard the SS Waiwera - the first of more than 250,000 New Zealand men and women to serve their country in overseas wars in the following century.
This plaque was unveiled by His Excellency The Right Honourable Sir Michael Hardie Boys GNZM, GCMG, Governor-General of New Zealand 21 October 1999.
South African War 1899−1902 − NZ History Online
Arrival of the US marines
World War II spread to the Pacific in December 1941 when Japanese bombers attacked the American Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbour. This brought US forces to New Zealand 6 months later in June 1942 with troops arriving in Auckland and marines in Wellington.
1942: First Arrival of US Marines
1951 Waterfront dispute
A wage dispute between the waterside workers union and management resulted in a lock-out of union members from the wharves, which then came to a standstill.
1951: Waterfront Lockout