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Cave Creek - 28 April 1995
Monday, April 27, 2015
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Fourteen people died when a scenic viewing platform over a 40-metre chasm collapsed at Cave Creek in Paparoa National Park on the West Coast. A group of students from Tai Poutini Polytechnic in Greymouth, along with a Department of Conservation officer, were on the platform when it collapsed.
Four students survived the collapse, although with serious injuries. The tragedy resulted in New Zealand's Minister of Conservation, Denis Marshall, resigning over claims of negligence after it was revealed that serious systemic failures and underfunding had led to the building of the unstable platform. It also led to a change in New Zealand Law, allowing for government departments to be held liable for inadequate building practices.
Those who died; Alison Blackman - Paul Chisholm - Anne-Marie Cook - Jody Davis - Barry Hobson - Abram Larmour - Catherine McCarthy - Scott Murray - Stephen O'Dea - Kit Pawsey - Matthew Reed - De Anne Reid - Peter Shaw - Evan Stuart.
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to those beautiful people who left their physical life on 28th of April 1995 I honour your lives. I live a spiritual life and receive messages from the after life. Last night I received a dream which I can't understand except that I had to recite it on this page . the name given to me is macey and that there is anniversary connected to the passing of one of the victims. I also got "riverside drive or just river side. If there is a gathering and macey is there please receive this message sent with love by a loved one. I give to you from my heart to your heart. I understand what it is like to lose someone I live My name is Sandy Harte and Im from Whakatane
Why does god take innocent lives Why is so little spared When they are gone we finally realise how much they meant to us How much they infuenced our lives Why does death join us as one Hate is put aside We remember the good times we shared not the bad For the 14 victims that died at Cave Creek Let the lives who knew them not to be torn apart But to be stronger and not let hate get in our way for the love of those who died
18 years on
Most of us were only 18. Where did the time go? Today is exactly 18 years on and I find myself at 36 entering middle age with a family, car, career, house, and hobbies (probably exactly like one of those people we swore we'd never turn into). Life has gone on, since that lifetime ago. My heart aches that you guys didn't get to experience these years with us; but know that you've taught us to relish life's triumphs and trials, and to not get hung up on the little stuff... :) For that I thank you. You are not forgotten.
always in our hearts
To all the families concerned you can all be proud of the legacy your children fohave brought happiness into the lives of all those left behind them. the courage and bravery of those uninjured goes to show the special nature of all kiwis . i never fforget that dreadful day and think of my friend jody both on his birthday and this day with sadness laughter and joy. he , like all your children will be remembered . Mr macs with you now jody so go catch up. deepest sympathies to all and may we always cherish the memories our beautiful children give us.
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