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This memorial has been established to enable residents of Bluff and the wider community,  to share their grief and pay their respects to those lost in the recent Foveaux Strait tragedy.

This is a permanent memorial and any comments made here will be archived forever in honour of the six lives lost on the 13th of May, 2006.

We invite you to express your support to families who have suffered in this tragedy and to let them know how deeply their loss is felt by the wider community.

Those who died were:
Shain Jack Topi-Tairi, 9; Sailor Roy Trow-Topi, 9; Tania Marie Topi, 41; Clinton Allan Woods, 34; Ian James Hayward, 52; Leslie Christian Topi, 78

Personal Memorial

A personal memorial has been established in
memory of Shain Topi Tairi.
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Last 10 Tributes and Condolences
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Message from Kerri Tairi - Shain's Mum
To everyone that has held us in their thoughts and prayers, over this very sad and heartbreaking time I would like to say a very big thank you...

Message from Melanie Smith -

To the Woods and Topi whanau,

I know it's not much consolation for you but all my thoughts and sympathies are with you at this sad time.

Kia kaha, arohanui


Message from Marty & Lysia Johnston - ex bluffies

Kia ora to all

We share with you the loss and the grief you have to endure.

Our thoughts have been with you since the tragedy,and will continue.

Kia Manuia E,

Marty (son of salty Johnston),Lysia Taila Rueben & Riley of Whangaparaoa.Auckland


Message from Paul Topi - Father of Shain

To everyone ,Thank you ,Thank you ,Thank you ,

For all the support and help you have gave us at this time of need,Thank you all

God Bless you all

 Paul Topi


Message from phillip johnston - ex bluffies

To all the families and friends. Our thoughts go out to you son of salty johnston  phil , thinking of you from       Fremantle Western Australia

Message from Renee, Harold, Siahn and Seth Wast/Ryan -

Chuck, Joy and Ellie, Richard, and The Topis

Our thoughts and tears are constantly with you in your time of grief.

Message from Rachael Cole (Johnston) - ex Bluffie

To the Topi, Woods, Hayward families & John & Family

With deepest sympathy for your devastating loss.

God Bless

Rachael - daughter of the late Peter (SALTY) Johnston & Liz Moynahan (nee McLean)

Message from Scott, Sonya, Jacob & Brendan Allan - Bluffies
Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you all. May the love and memories you have of your loved ones, and the love of family and friends, give you all the strength you will need to get you through this terrible tragedy. May you find comfort in knowing that so many people are feeling your sorrow. 

Message from Cole & Grant Batchelor-Reeves - ex-Bluff,, now Port Chalmers

To John Edminstin and Family,

 No words can heal your sadness and pain at this time, but from us and your friends in Port Chalmers, our heartfelt thoughts are with you. There's a cold beer at the Portsider, at Blackdogs  and at the Tunnel  for you when you're feeling up to it and cruising up this way again.

Message from Cole & Grant Batchelor-Reeves - ex-Bluffies

To Richard & Whanau, Elliemay & Whanau, Topi Whanau, Woods & Young Whanau, Judy and Whanau, & Tairi Whanau,

Our thoughts are with you all at this time. May you find strength in each other, friends and memories to help you through this sad time.



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Brief Tributes

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Tribute placed by
Clinton's Friend
on 13/05/2015:

9 years on, never forgotten.

Tribute placed by
Clinton's Friend
on 16/03/2012:

It's hard to believe it is happening again, those poor people. A demain j'espere

Tribute placed by
Clintons Friend
on 22/08/2011:

We should have turned 40 together, but you are forever 34 and forever in my heart x

Tribute placed by
Clintons Friend
on 13/05/2011:

Five years on, still so sad

Tribute placed by
Lynell Lynell
on 09/04/2011:

DUm4DL Thanks alot - your answer solved all my problems after several days struggling

Tribute placed by
Clinton's Friend
on 10/03/2011:

I still think of him every day

Tribute placed by
Jennifer, Eean Parkes
on 23/05/2006:

Our thoughts are with you all at this very sad time.

Tribute placed by
shona and maureen Hart and West
on 21/05/2006:

Our heartfelt sympathy to you all from your Gisborne friends

Tribute placed by
Maureen (Daisy) Wast
on 21/05/2006:

To all the families. Thinking of you at this sad time

Tribute placed by
Jan Guise (Dawson)
on 20/05/2006:

Thinking of all the families during this sad time - with sympathy

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