MH370: Chch memorial for missing passenger

Last updated 09:43 06/04/2014
 Paul and Danica Weeks

Paul and Danica Weeks on their wedding day in Christchurch in 2007.

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Malaysia Airlines will fly the young family of a man missing on flight MH370 to Christchurch for a public memorial service.

Danica Weeks' husband - former Christchurch man Paul Weeks, 38, - was one of two Kiwis aboard the missing flight, along with Aucklander Ximin Wang, 50. 

Paul Weeks was father to the couple's two boys - 3-year-old Lincoln and 11-month-old Jack. 

Danica Weeks told the Herald on Sunday Malaysia Airlines would pay for her and her sons to fly from their home in Perth to Christchurch to hold a public memorial.

"Paul always said if anything should happen to him he would be taken back to Christchurch because that's his home," she told the newspaper.

No date has been set for the memorial yet. 

The Weeks had moved to Perth from Christchurch after the 2011 earthquakes. 

Paul Weeks had boarded the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 on his way to start a new job in Mongolia.

The plane, which vanished on March 8 while travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, was confirmed lost in the Indian Ocean, west of Australia, on March 24.

In an interview with 60 Minutes recently, Danica Weeks said the picture of her husband blowing the family a kiss as he left for the airport would be etched into her brain forever. 

"When you look into your children's eyes and I feel the pain because I know personally the man Paul was, and I know what they're going to miss out on for the rest of their lives."

"That is so overwhelming for me, that when I look at Lincoln I have to tell him his dad has gone," she said. 

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