Auckland couple whose triplets died in a Qatar mall fire two
years ago have had cause to celebrate with the christening of
Parker and Poppy Weekes, who will celebrate their first
birthday next month, were christened at the Holy Trinity
Church in Devonport on Saturday after an emotional and
difficult week for their parents, Martin and Jane.
May 28 marked the second anniversary of the 2012 deaths of
their 3-year-old triplets Lillie, Willsher and Jackson who
were killed in a fire while at a Qatar mall nursery.
Mr Weekes said before the christening ceremony was held
candles were lit to remember each of his three children who
He said the 10-month-old twins were both doing very well and
were "growing like crazy" with Parker bigger and taller than
"Parker is very tall and very big and very loud," he said.
"Poppy is quite healthy but not quite as big as Parker, I
mean, he is in the 98th percentile for his height."
Mr Weekes said the lead-up to the christening had been
difficult with the family going to Wellington to finalise the
memorial on the triplets' grave. It took the grieving couple
two years to do this as they had found it too hard to cope
with their loss.
The twins' arrival last year had comforted their parents, but
Mr Weekes said the times when their thoughts did not turn to
their lost children were extremely rare. "There's never a day
when we don't think about Lillie, Jackson and Willsher.
"For a lot of the time it's manageable but then something
will creep up on you and I found last week very difficult
because it's the one day of their life that we don't want to
"However, it's the one day of the year that so many people
want to send their condolences and say they're thinking of us
and while it's great that people care it's a day we would
rather forget, we would rather remember their second birthday
parties or when we were travelling but we can't until the
court case is finished."
The Telegraph last year reported the owner of the nursery
repeatedly failed to turn up to court but remains Qatar's
ambassador despite being convicted of involuntary
manslaughter and sentenced to jail terms.
The chairman of the mall, a mall manager and an official from
Qatar's ministry of trade and business were sentenced to
prison, but they are appealing and have not spent time in
Mr Weekes said it was the ninth hearing, and has been
postponed until next Tuesday.
"The lawyers on the other side are doing all they can to drag
it out and delay it. The last time we had a hearing the
applicants' lawyer requested an adjournment for two months so
he could go on holiday -- and he got it. This time he's
decided he wants to call someone else, all it is is dragging
it out so they get to the summer of Ramadan and nothing will
- James Ihaka of The New Zealand Herald