Rafter's headstone unveiled at cemetery

PHOTOs: TRACEY ROXBURGH
PHOTOs: TRACEY ROXBURGH
More than 100 people gathered for the unveiling of Keith "Chief" Haare's headstone at the Queenstown Cemetery on Saturday, the first anniversary of his death.

Mr Haare collapsed and died, aged 62, on March 23 last year, while leading a rafting trip on the Shotover River, a job he had done since the 1990s.

Soon after his death the Shotover's Mother rapid was renamed "Moana-Roa Chief", in his honour.

At the graveside ceremony on Saturday a sculpture with an inscription in Maori was unveiled.

It reads, in part: "May you rest here forever in our hearts and in our minds.

"Kia kaha, I am the river and the river is me". 

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