Re­mem­ber­ing lit­tle Moko

Taupo Times - - SWEETENER FOR CYCLE CHALLENGE HOLLYWOOD ASPIRATION - STEPH RANGI

A per­ma­nent memo­rial is to be in­stalled in Taupo to re­mem­ber a young boy, and the hun­dreds of oth­ers like him, who were killed by their care­givers.

The case of young Taupo tod­dler Moko Ran­gi­to­heriri shook the na­tion with thou­sands tak­ing to the streets to march for the three-year-old.

The tragic case hit a nerve with Tracy Liv­ing­stone and she wanted to make sure Moko, and other chil­dren like him, were re­mem­bered for­ever.

‘‘What was play­ing on my mind is, once the court case is over, it’s all over. No one talks about it any­more,’’ she said.

‘‘I don’t want that to hap­pen, es­pe­cially to Moko and the Nia Glassie’s of the world.’’

Liv­ing­stone ap­proached the idea of hav­ing a mon­u­ment put in to re­mem­ber all the young ones to Taupo Dis­trict coun­cil last year and they ap­proved it.

‘‘Coun­cil re­ally came on board,’’ she said.

On June 1, the works on the memo­rial mon­u­ment – An­gles of Nai (non-ac­ci­den­tal in­juries) – will of­fi­cially start and on June 27 it will of­fi­cially be un­veiled.

The mon­u­ment will in­clude a 17 me­tre bench in the shape of a Koru, be­ing placed around a big tree at lower Spa Road, just down from the Set­tler’s Ceme­tery

There was some talk that a memo­rial for ba­bies who have lost their lives might not work well in the tourist town, but Mayor David Tre­wavas said that was not the case.

‘‘Un­for­tu­nately, it’s a re­al­ity of life that hits us home every now and then. It’s a big is­sue, not just for us lo­cally but na­tion­ally,’’ he said.

‘‘We have to take into con­sid­er­a­tion from all walks of life and show our re­spect ac­cord­ingly.’’

Tre­wavas said he sup­ported the memo­rial go­ing in, with Liv­ing­stone adding that Taupo was not just about the pretty things.

The project will cost $4200 and Tenon Clear­wood LP have also come on board and do­nated $1100 worth of ma­te­ri­als.

Liv­ing­stone is hop­ing more peo­ple are will­ing to do­nate to­wards the memo­rial.

Liv­ing­stone is hold­ing a Garage Sale, Satur­day May 27 at the Phoenix League Club Rooms from 7am-10am.

Any­one wish­ing to make con­tri­bu­tions to the memo­rial can drop any do­na­tions off to Bai­ley Quinn’s at 26 Spa Road.

STEPH RANGI/FAIRFAX NZ

Tracey Liv­ingston out­side the tree where the memo­rial for Moko and other young chil­dren who lost their lives, will be put.

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