Memorial Unveiling Event

Carterton Memorial Unveiling
Held Thursday 7 January 2016 at 10am

A memorial to 11 lives lost was unveiled on the fourth anniversary of the Carterton balloon crash.

Reading: They are gone

You can shed tears that they have gone, or you can smile because they have lived
You can close your eyes and pray that they will come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all they’ve left
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see them
Or you can be full of the love you shared
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday
You can remember them and only that they’ve gone
Or you can cherish their memory and let it live on
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what they’d want, smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

Poem: What is life?
By Rev Andy Eldred

Is life a journey or a dream or a thought?
Is life joy  and laughter,  is it things we have bought?
Is life adventure, and the chances we take?
Is life a career and the things that we make?
Is life a risk, a dangerous dare?
Is life being angry and a time of despair?
Is life simply seconds and hours and days?
Is life the childlike games that we play?
Is life watching sunsets on romantic dates?
Is life watching children discover their fates?
Is life a sensation and meals that we share?
Is life all we love and all those who care?
Is life doing things that we dream we can do?
Is life flying high in a hot air balloon?
Is life a time of suffering, a time of grief and pain?
Is life little children dancing in the summer rain?
Is life standing in a sacred place remembering all that’s past?
Is life holding precious moments that we know can never last?
Is life just a moment, a moment that is blessed?
To those who have truly lived life, the answer to all is yes!


Carrying you, carrying me.    
Andy Eldred 2012

We will go, We’re on our way.
Like the wind that blows,
Or the break of day
Time rolls on, like a wave on the sea
Carrying you, Carrying me.

We shall find, for we will seek
A peace of mind, for a heart that’s weak
A river of grace through a valley of grief
Carrying you,  carrying me.

Clouds in the distance warning
Trouble may come our way
Fear in our hearts is forming
But True love will wash away, ….someday.

This l know, and You will see,
This Seed will grow into a fruit filled tree,
As Time rolls on like a wave on the sea,
Carrying you carrying me
Like a river of grace, through a valley of greed,
Carrying you, carrying me….

Mayors Speech

On behalf of the Carterton community I am humbled to unveil this memorial stone that honours the 11 lives so tragically lost on the 7th of January 2012.

This stone is a symbol of what happened that day and in the four years since the event.

To the families - everyone that is here today: friends, emergency services and the wider community, have come to give their support and to show that your loved ones will not be forgotten and will be in our hearts and minds forever. This memorial stone is our way of showing our support and love to you all.

To the emergency services personnel – I know that many of you have felt this tragedy very strongly and your presence that day and today, four years on, is appreciated by the Carterton community. People underestimate the impact that an event like this has on you all and I wish to thank each and everyone of you and your families, who I know have supported you.

To the Somerset Road community – we acknowledge the impact this has had on you and your families and would like to thank you for your on-going generosity.

To the Carterton and wider community – I know this affected our community deeply and the response four years ago and in the intervening years has shown how caring we are as a community.

This memorial stone amongst other things is a testament to that.

In unveiling this memorial stone, I hope this will further help the healing.  We have built this space to provide the families and others touched by the tragedy 4 years ago, a place to come and reflect on the precious lives lost to us that day.

Unveil the stone

The names will now be read by our Chief Executive Jane Davis…..followed by a minute silence