Thursday, 02 November 2023
Ceremony for work to start inside Queenstown Cemetery
A whakawātea is being held tomorrow to mark the start of restoration work after recent storm damage
A whakawātea ceremony is being held at Queenstown Cemetery/Urupā tomorrow (Friday, 3 November) to mark the start of restoration work after recent storm damage.
A whakawātea is a ceremony to clear the way for the work to commence.
Queenstown Lakes District Council is hosting the ceremony in partnership with Kāi Tahu mana whenua and with the support of Skyline.
On the night of Thursday 21 September, a severe weather event led to flooding and debris flow. The substantial rainfall resulted in a portion of Queenstown Cemetery being covered in debris carried down from Ben Lomond Reserve which impacted 207 of the cemetery’s 1,643 plots.
The whakawātea is open to the community and begin at 9.00am tomorrow at upper Brecon St next to the cemetery. Guests are asked to arrive by 8.45am and take their seats.
After the whakawātea, work inside the cemetery will commence. Remediation above the cemetery to ensure the area is safe for work to begin has now been completed.
The intended timeframe for restoration work is as follows:
October to early-November: Uphill risk mitigation above cemetery.
Early-November to mid-November: Larger debris preparation and removal.
Mid-November to early-December: Further silt and smaller debris excavation.
Early-December to January: Detailed cleaning & monument restoration.
January: Target for completion of restoration.
After restoration work is completed, a reopening ceremony will be held.
NOTES FOR MEDIA:
If you’d like cover the ceremony please RSVP to email@example.com by 4.00pm today (Thursday).
Media contact: 027 272 2831
We expect to set aside a dedicated area for media to allow for photography.
Out of respect to the occasion and the audience, please avoid walking around during the ceremony whenever possible.
If images include headstones please ensure the inscriptions cannot be read.
Spokespeople will be available immediately after the ceremony for questions.
If you’d like to interview audience members, please wait until after the service.
We’ll be happy to share our own images after the ceremony if needed.
FURTHER INFORMATION | Kā pāroko tāpiri:
For more information about the restoration of Queenstown Ceremony, including how to subscribe for updates, please visit: https://www.qldc.govt.nz/services/cemeteries/queenstown-cemetery-restoration