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  • Country:New Zealand
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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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    • Thinking of Alison today

      We went to primary school together and later re-connected only a year or two before you died. You were such a hard case and an absolute joy to be around, so full of life and energy.

      Annalise. Auckland, New Zealand. Tuesday, April 28, 2015

    • To the 14 people who died tragically 20 years ago on Tuesday 28th April 1995 you are not forgotten :-) Remember it like it was yesterday a very sad day for the West Coast and NZ.

      Lisa. Christchurch, New Zealand. Saturday, April 25, 2015

    • So long ago

      I still think of our long chats about nothing and everything after school while I was marking those boring books

      Shona. Wellington, New Zealand. Saturday, April 25, 2015

    • never forget

      thinking of you always Scott. I believe you visit me in the form of a fantail from time to time, thank you. You will always have a place in my heart, love Philippa x x x

      Philippa McIntyre. Christchurch, New Zealand. Saturday, April 25, 2015

    • 20 Years Ago

      Thoughts are with all the families that lost their loved ones on this day. Love goes out to Ann-Marie Cook's family from the Yelcich's. Remember all the fun holidays we spent together. Never forgotten xx

      Ladene Yelcich. Ruawai, New Zealand. Friday, April 24, 2015

    • 20yrs xxx

      cant believe its almost 20YRS since cave creek...loves lost friends forgot family forever.....REST IN PEACE BLONDIE ..Alison Blackman

      curt eder. chch, New Zealand. Friday, April 24, 2015

    • 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

      sandy harte. whakatane, New Zealand. Saturday, August 23, 2014

    • what a tagerdy

      this is a sad day

      jacinta williamson. palmerstn, New Zealand. Tuesday, March 11, 2014

    • my poem

      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

      Anonymous. christchurch, New Zealand. Sunday, September 22, 2013

    • 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.

      Anonymous. Southland, New Zealand. Sunday, April 28, 2013

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