Southern women call for rule change after public memorials for lost sons removed

Asia's Tech News Daily

Southern women call for rule change after public memorials for lost sons removed

The mothers of three young southern men killed in crashes would like rule changes for personal memorials after public tributes to their children were removed or not allowed.

Dunedin woman Vicki Taylor-Blair was stunned to learn recently that she was not able to memorialise her son, Christopher ”Chipper” Blair, at Awamoa Park in Oamaru, where he died in a crash in March last year.

She asked the Waitaki District Council in July for permission to place a plaque at the sports ground, but was told it was not allowed.

The family subsequently set up their own memorial, consisting of a cross, flowers and balloons, at the site, but on October 7 received a request from the council to remove it.

For anyone who had lost a child, the situation was unfathomable, Taylor- Blair said.

”As a family, to have acknowledgement is precious to us. Grief is just love with no place to go. A plaque would be a tangible thing for us to be able to express that grief.”

Southern women call for rule change after public memorials for lost sons removed

Christopher Narayan Blair (33), who died in in a crash at Awamoa Park, Oamaru, in March last year. Photo / Supplied

Waitaki District Council recreation manager Erik van der Spek said the Waitaki Reserves Management Plan 2014 listed Awamoa Park as a sports ground and memorials and plaques were not generally permitted at sports grounds.

The council sympathised with the family, but its view was that cemeteries were generally the most appropriate places for memorials. The approach was consistent with the council’s approach at other crash sites in the past.

The council had allowed the family time to grieve before contacting them to request removal, and had given them to the end of October ”so that there is some closure”, he said.

Taylor-Blair said she had contacted the council expressing her disappointment.

”We understand that the reserve isn’t a cemetery, but the cemetery isn’t the place of significance for our family.

”It would be nice to think that people go past there, see his plaque, and remember.”

Fellow grieving parents Maree Landrebe and Susan Mataki, also of Dunedin, said they were standing up to support Taylor-Blair after both had small memorials they had put up for their sons go missing.

Southern women call for rule change after public memorials for lost sons removed

Shaun Mataki (18), who was killed in a crash in Forbury Rd, Dunedin, in June 2003. Photo / Supplied

Mataki’s 18-year-old son Shaun Mataki was killed in a crash in Forbury Rd, Dunedin, in June 2003.

She placed a cross at the address after the crash, but it disappeared.

She was not sure who removed it or why.

”To have a cross or a memorial there, you don’t want it to go away. It’s another loss.

“You feel like you don’t have any support. It’s hard not to feel like there’s no compassion,” Mataki said.

Landrebe’s 18-year-old son, Grason Veitch, was killed in September last year in a fatal crash in Ravensbourne Rd, in Dunedin.

Southern women call for rule change after public memorials for lost sons removed

Grason Veitch (18), who died in acrash in Ravensbourne Rd, Dunedin, in September last year. Photo / Supplied

Family and friends of Grason had attempted to maintain a memorial on the shared path below Ravensbourne Rd where the vehicle came to a stop, but objects placed at the site had been removed.

Taylor-Blair said she did not want anyone else to have to feel the way she felt when she was asked to remove her son’s memorial.

”Maree, Susan and I want to acknowledge what happened, because it will happen again,” she said.

”We want to have something tangible be a reminder to be safe with driving.

”I feel that we’re speaking up for anyone who will have to go through this in the future. The [Waitaki District] council needs to change the rules to allow permanent plaques,” she said.

NZ Transport Agency senior network manager Chris Harris said the agency allowed memorials on state highways in locations where they would not create further safety issues.

”We recognise that white crosses identify to the public locations where fatal crashes have occurred in recent years and can serve as a positive and often potent road safety reminder,” Harris said.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related

OTHER NEWS

The 90% Project: Top Towns - Whanganui and Ruapehu stay put, Rangitīkei drops a spot

At 78 per cent, Whanganui remains in equal 51st place (of 66) with Tararua District in the race to 90 per cent full vaccination against Covid-19 with two doses. Eight ... Read more »

NRL: Brandon Smith slammed over 'disrespectful' interview all but confirming next move

Brandon Smith has been torched over his “highly disrespectful” comments in a revealing interview where he all but confirmed where he’ll line up in 2023. Smith’s future has been a ... Read more »

Ruapehu District Council flags risk of losing staff if there was a public health vaccination order

Ruapehu District Council could face a “resource issue” unless more staff agree to be vaccinated against Covid-19. The possibility of losing staff who do not want to be vaccinated has ... Read more »

Covid-19 case in Nelson-Tasman region

There is one confirmed case of Covid-19 in the Nelson-Tasman region. The Ministry of Health announced the case at 1pm. The positive test result was returned on Sunday night. The ... Read more »

Pandemic Travel: How to travel safely this summer

Between finding passports and gathering booking confirmations, following luggage weight limits and decanting liquids, air travel can be a stressful affair. Add Covid-19 regulations and it’s a whole other ball ... Read more »

The Country - The Beatles edition

Today on The Country, Jamie Mackay celebrated the release of Peter Jackson’s documentary “The Beatles: Get Back”. On with the show: David Seymour: We ask the high-flying Act Party leader ... Read more »

Focus Live: Top cop's update on Glen Eden fatal shooting

Focus Live: Top cop's update on Glen Eden fatal shooting Read more »

Auckland police shooting: Police Association calls for armed cops, Commissioner Andrew Coster provides update

More details are set to be revealed about today’s police shooting in Glen Eden that left a gunman dead and three officers injured. Police Commissioner Andrew Coster is understood to ... Read more »

Hot tubs decision: Ruapehu District Council moves forward with feasibility study

A feasibility study will be done on the future of the Raetihi swimming pool to help Ruapehu District Council decide whether to fund the community’s vision for hot tubs or ... Read more »

Covid 19 coronavirus Delta: No new cases in BOP, Lakes region, student tests positive, new location of interest

Covid-19 in the Bay of Plenty• Covid-19 Delta outbreak: Kawerau records first Delta case• Covid booster shots are coming – why the Bay of Plenty needs them• Revealed: Are the ... Read more »

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: No new cases as Hawke's Bay hits first dose vaccine milestone

Hawke’s Bay has hit an important Covid-19 vaccine milestone – more than 90 per cent of the eligible population have now received their first vaccine. There were also no new ... Read more »

Occupational therapist who kissed and cuddled client failed to maintain professional boundaries: Health and Disability Commission

An occupational therapist who kissed, cuddled and sent sexy pictures to a client she was treating with a brain injury – often during appointments – has been found in breach ... Read more »

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: 182 cases ahead of Government's traffic light call

There are 182 Covid-19 cases today as the Government meets to decide on the traffic light system and a new variant of the virus starts to spread in more countries. ... Read more »

Covid 19 coronavirus: Border protections will 'buy us time' as Omicron spreads - scientist

A leading scientist is warning New Zealand needs to keep a close eye on the border as the Covid-19 Omicron variant spreads around the world. Institute of Environmental Science and ... Read more »

SH1 near Kaikōura closed after crash between ute and truck

State Highway 1 near Kaikōura is partially blocked after a ute and tanker collided. Emergency services were called to the crash at the Ellerton Railway Overbridge about 11.10am. A police ... Read more »

David Seymour has some ideas for the new National leader, including reforming housing and climate legislation

The Act Party is calling on the new National leader to renegotiate the housing accord the party negotiated with Labour. “They’ve made a deal with the red devil which they ... Read more »

MetService Christchurch weather: November 30th

MetService Christchurch weather: November 30th. Read more »

Covid-19 Delta outbreak: Apology after BestStart Covid cluster hits babies as young as eight months old

The Ministry of Education is apologising to an early childhood education chain for failing to address a Covid outbreak at an Auckland daycare centre which left a dozen pre-schoolers and ... Read more »

Covid-19 Delta outbreak: BestStart Covid cluster hits babies as young as eight months old

The Ministry of Education is apologising to an early childhood education chain for failing to address a Covid outbreak at an Auckland daycare centre which left a dozen pre-schoolers and ... Read more »

MetService National weather: November 29th-1st December

MetService National weather: November 29th-1st December. Read more »

Police investigating moment female TV reporter was violated live on air

Police have launched an investigation into an incident where a female TV presenter was allegedly “molested” by a football fan on live TV. Italian journalist Greta Beccaglia appeared to be ... Read more »

Hauraki District already urged to save water

A warning has been given that the region may be facing its worst drought yet. Three years of lower than average rainfall is threatening the Hauraki Plains water supply over ... Read more »

Trial crops planted as part of Māori agribusiness project in eastern Bay of Plenty

Crop trials have started as part of a major project to lift the productivity of Māori-owned land in the eastern Bay of Plenty. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) allocated ... Read more »

Covid 19 Omicron outbreak: China warns of 'colossal' Covid outbreak as virus variant emerges

A group of Chinese mathematicians have offered a “clear warning” about the devastating impacts of the country abandoning its zero-tolerance Covid policies. The study, conducted by mathematicians at Beijing’s Peking ... Read more »

Student at Pāpāmoa school tests positive for Covid-19

A student at a Pāpāmoa school has tested positive for Covid-19. Te Akau ki Pāpāmoa Primary School principal Bruce Jepsen said the school had moved “succinctly” into distance learning with ... Read more »

Fan snaps selfie with Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson on what 'looked like a date'

Tourist and Dutch music journalist, Paul Barewijk, was enjoying breakfast with his mother when he looked over and spotted comedian, Pete Davidson, sitting at a nearby table. Noting that Davidson ... Read more »

Athletics: Waikato stars Tori Peeters and Danielle Aitchison part of campaign encouraging Kiwi kids to give it a go

Waikato-based athletes Tori Peeters and Danielle Aitchison are backing Athletics NZ’s Athletics For Every Body campaign in an effort to get more Kiwi kids to join their local club this ... Read more »

The future of water transport setting sail in Wellington

After long delays the first fully electric passenger ferry in the Southern Hemisphere is set to launch in Wellington on December 16. Construction first began in 2018 by the Wellington ... Read more »

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Latest case numbers released as traffic light announcement due

Officials are set to release the latest Covid-19 case numbers as the Government meets to decide on the traffic light system settings and a new variant of the virus starts ... Read more »

Whakatāne fire: Devastating blaze tears through shops

By Whakatane Beacon Livelihoods have been destroyed by fire this morning. What is believed to be a ram raid at the rear of the St John store on The Strand, ... Read more »

Iconic Eats 2021: Auckland's hundred best dishes and restaurants revealed

Auckland’s 16 favourite dishes have been revealed, as part of the city’s annual Iconic Eats awards. 2021’s list of the 100 best loved bites have been compiled from nominations from ... Read more »

Dad charged with murder after allegedly blaming cat for baby's horror injuries

A US man has been charged with murdering his infant daughter after blaming the family cat for leaving her with broken legs, broken ribs and bleeding from the brain. Minnesota ... Read more »

Auckland police shooting: Resident shot dead, three officers injured in Glen Eden shoot-out

A man who set fire to his house and then opened fire on police is dead and three officers are injured after a standoff in West Auckland this morning. One ... Read more »

Glen Eden shooting: Man shot and killed by police, three officers hospitalised

One person is dead and three police officers are injured after shots rang out at a Glen Eden house that was on fire. Police have confirmed a man at the ... Read more »

One dead at Glen Eden shooting

Glen Eden shooting: One feared dead, two police officers injured after fire at property. Video / Vineeta Kumar Read more »

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Rural vaccination lagging behind

Rural people are still lagging behind the cities for vaccinations as they struggle to close the gap. The University of Otago’s figures for November 16 showed double-vaccinated numbers had risen ... Read more »

Three Auckland cops shot: Glen Eden's dark days of lawlessness

Three officers were shot while the man alleged to have shot them is dead after an explosive shoot-out in West Auckland. The officers’ injuries were not life threatening but police ... Read more »

Husky corn with dukkah butter

Eatwell Vegetable tarts 4 Oct, 2021 11:04 PMQuick Read Vegetable tarts are perfect for picnics Eatwell Fresh, fast picnic recipes 4 Oct, 2021 08:32 PMQuick Read Simple, delicious, seasonal and ... Read more »

Passion mascarpone with grilled nectarines on brioche

Eatwell Vegetable tarts 4 Oct, 2021 11:04 PMQuick Read Vegetable tarts are perfect for picnics Eatwell Fresh, fast picnic recipes 4 Oct, 2021 08:32 PMQuick Read Simple, delicious, seasonal and ... Read more »

Beetroot hummus and edamame dip

Eatwell Vegetable tarts 4 Oct, 2021 11:04 PMQuick Read Vegetable tarts are perfect for picnics Eatwell Fresh, fast picnic recipes 4 Oct, 2021 08:32 PMQuick Read Simple, delicious, seasonal and ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic