King's Education victims remembered

81 King's Education victims remembered

CAROLINE KING
Last updated 18:08 21/02/2013

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A memorial service for the staff and students of King's Education who died in the February 22, 2011 earthquake was held at Latimer Square today.

During the service a memorial tree and plaque in memory of the 81 language school staff and students lost in the tragedy was also unveiled.

Students from seven nations were at King's Education when the CTV building collapsed and a number of overseas family members were in attendance at the service, as well as Asian media.

Among those to make the trip were Maki and Miki Hamasaki who came from Japan to commemorate their sister Yuki.

They knelt down before the memorial, surrounded by bouquets of flowers, and said a prayer for their sister.

Their father Akifumi Hamasaki had also made the journey, which was the third time the family had been to Christchurch since the disaster.

A translator for the sisters said for them the "raw emotions came back because of the reality of being here".

Christchurch Girls' High School principal Prue Taylor was also present to remember her husband Brian, who was a director at King's Education.

Mayor Bob Parker and Mayoress Jo Nicholls-Parker were also in attendance.

The surviving directors of King's Education John Ryder and Graeme Dodd choose Latimer Square for the memorial due to its close proximity to the CTV site.

"And because it is where we, along with many family members, went immediately after the event," the pair said in a letter asking for council permission for the memorial.

Cathedral acting dean Lynda Patterson facilitated the service.

The main Civic Service for the second anniversary of the February 22, 2011 earthquake will also be held in Latimer Square tomorrow.

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- The Press

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