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The New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt
It also gives the family and friends who were left behind a way to add their own thoughts to those already expressed here or to remember those who do not have a panel on The Quilt.
Today, the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt is made up of
Mission StatementTo build upon the memory of those our communities have lost to HIV, to arm our people with knowledge, understanding and respect, and to help create a more aware and compassionate environment.
Principle aimsThe principle aims of The Project are those of the International Quilt Project, which are to:
ConceptThe Quilt is a memorial to those who have died of HIV related illnesses and consists of 3 feet by 6 feet panels which are joined together in groups of eight to form 12 feet by 12 feet blocks. Each fabric panel is lovingly created by family, friends, partners or co-workers and is as unique as the person it remembers and those who created it. Panels are created by an individual or a group and may be elaborate or simple, ornate or plain, often carrying the details of the person’s life.
The Quilt has become a valuable resource that helps to encourage both compassion and personal response. By presenting the human face behind the statistics it elicits an emotional response and provides an educational opportunity. It transcends the labels so often associated with this virus and those infected with it.
The Quilt was freely available for travel throughout New Zealand either in its entirety or in separate blocks to any group or community wishing to learn from its message of love and remembrance. Today, it is housed at Te Papa Tongarewa, The Museum of New Zealand in Wellington and parts are still available for loan but with stricter display guidelines than in the past to assist with their preservation.