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The New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt

The New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt started with its first panel in 1988 and first display in 1991. Today some of the older blocks in particular, are starting to show a few signs of wear. In an effort to help preserve the panels that make up the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt, this web site was created as a permanent record of The Quilt and a way of remembering all those who have gone before their time because of HIV/AIDS.

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

  • 16 blocks of 8 panels each
  • 11 panels still to be joined to form a block
Animation of 5 quilt related images

Mission Statement

To 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 aims

The principle aims of The Project are those of the International Quilt Project, which are to:
  • illustrate to individuals and governments the urgency and enormity of the HIV pandemic and the need for an immediate and compassionate response, by revealing the names and lives behind global statistics;
  • build a powerful, positive, creative symbol of remembrance and hope, linking diverse people world-wide in the shared expression of our common grief, pain and rage in response to HIV and AIDS;
  • encourage donations in every community where the Quilt is displayed, thereby raising needed funds for HIV awareness and education.

Concept

The 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 personís 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.

Front of NZ Quilt Project brochure.   Back of NZ Quilt Project brochure.

Inside top of NZ Quilt Project brochure.   Inside bottom of NZ Quilt Project brochure.

 

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