22 Nov 2017

The fight to get one national memorial for the Erebus disaster

From Afternoons, 1:14 pm on 22 November 2017
This wooden cross to the victims of the Erebus disaster was erected above Scott Base by recovery workers. On 30 January 1987 a stainless steel cross replaced this original one, which had eroded.

This wooden cross to the victims of the Erebus disaster was erected above Scott Base by recovery workers. On 30 January 1987 a stainless steel cross replaced this original one, which had eroded. Photo: nzhistory.govt.nz

Next Tuesday is the 38th anniversary of the Mt Erebus plane crash, one of New Zealand's worst disasters.

Yet the families of the 257 victims who perished in the Southern Hemisphere's worst plane accident still don't have a major national memorial where they can see or touch the names of their loved ones.

There are some memorials like the one at Auckland’s Waikumete Cemetery and the cross above Scott Base but neither have all of the names of the victims.

The Rev. Dr Richard Waugh is the spokesperson for the families and is pushing for one official Erebus National Memorial.

 

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