Service and farewell for Queenstown’s wee Violet


A celebration service and community farewell for a Queenstown toddler who drowned in Lake Wakatipu is to be held this Saturday.

Devastated parents Andrew and Alana Waples today (Thursday)announced details of the service for 34-month-old daughter Violet.
The farewell is from 1pm at City Impact Church in Frankton – and the parents say children are welcome.

Violet drowned in Lake Wakatipu on Tuesday after wandering from her Kelvin Heights home.

On Wednesday, the parents issued a statement, thanking supporters for their prayers: “Yesterday our beautiful daughter Violet Elisabeth Wapes (34 months) passed away. We are absolutely devastated.

“We would like to thank the police, CoastGuard and St John as well as our neighbours and community for their amazing response.

“We are surrounded with family and friends and are blown away by the love that is being sent our way from near and far.”