Baby memorial ready to open

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Queenstown families who’ve suffered the loss of a baby will soon be able to have a tribute plaque placed on a new memorial.

The first plaques are ready to be installed on the baby memorial in the new Lower Shotover Cemetery, with an official opening ceremony to be attended by Queenstown’s mayor Jim Boult on Monday, 2pm.

Sands charity volunteer Natasha Murray says a “special place for families” to go to remember their children was needed in the community.

Landscape designer Andy Rogers used Oamaru stone to create the sculpture of a mother and father holding a baby, which stands in the middle of two stone walls able to hold about 300 plaques.

“It created the shape of a heart and it’s just beautiful and we are really happy with it,” Murray says.

She says the project wouldn’t have been possible without the work of Rogers, stonemason Darrell Jefferies and the families wanting to add plaques to the memorial.

Stone work is still being carried out at the new cemetery, which is off Lower Shotover Road, near Stalker roundabout. There are also plans to install a children’s area at a later date.

To buy a plaque, email wakatipu.babymemorial@outlook.com