Veil lifts on memo­rial

Central Leader - - News - By Heather McCracken

Bomber com­mand vet­er­ans have reached an agree­ment to un­veil a new memo­rial at the Auck­land War Memo­rial Mu­seum.

But the New Zealand Bomber Com­mand As­so­ci­a­tion still hopes to se­cure a per­ma­nent memo­rial site at the mu­seum.

“They have agreed af­ter all to have it at the mu­seum but in a tem­po­rary place for the ded­i­ca­tion,” says pres­i­dent Bill Simp­son.

“I’m not happy with that,” Mr Simp­son says. “If it goes in the mu­seum it should stay in the mu­seum.”

The memo­rial to New Zealan­ders who flew with the Royal Air Force bomber com­mand in World War Two was built in Welling­ton by Weta Work­shops at a cost of $100,000.

It was de­signed to be fit­ted against a cor­ner of an in­te­rior wall, but mu­seum man­age­ment quashed that plan.

The par­ties have now agreed that a place will be found within the mu­seum for the memo­rial to be un­veiled with a full colour guard in Jan­uary. Mu­seum trust board chair­man David Hill says it’s a pos­i­tive out­come.

“It has al­ways been our de­sire to find an ap­pro­pri­ate and suit­able home for the memo­rial, and now we feel sure that, to­gether with the Bomber Com­mand, we can de­velop a plan that is both high-qual­ity and re­spect­ful to all par­ties.”

Mr Simp­son says he hopes to speak to mu­seum di­rec­tor Vanda Vi­tali soon about a per­ma­nent lo­ca­tion.

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