Whatever remains that were found were flown back to New Zealand. After weeks of analysis, the medical team successfully identified 213 of the victims. The bodies that were unidentifiable were placed in 16 caskets and buried at Waikumete Cemetery in West Auckland on February 22, 1980. The grave site was marked with a memorial bearing the names of those 44 people. Nearby, a cherry tree was planted to honor the 24 passengers that came from Japan.
Every year, a wreath is laid at the memorial. In 2009, the community held a service to mark the 30th anniversary of the disaster.
Know Before You Go
The main gates are on Great North Road with other gates situated at Awaroa Road, Glenview Road, Sunhill Estate and Waikumete Road.