Six days after the crash, on 4 December 1979, St Matthews in the City Church held a Memorial Service for the victims of the accident. Hundreds gathered at the Church to pay their respects to the 257 people who lost their lives. As the plaque below indicates, the memorial stain glass window was installed and dedicated to the 257 people, just before the 10 year Anniversary.

Memorial Reads:

"These windows were dedicated on 19 November 1989 by the Govenor General of New Zealand, the Most Reverend Sir Paul Reeves GCMG, GCVO.

They commemorate a memorial service held at Saint Matthew's on 4 December 1979, honoring the 257 passengers and crew of Air New Zealand Flight 901 to Antarctica, who died six days earlier on the side of Mt Erebus.

This plaque was donated by the Collins family in memory of a beloved husband, father and friend - Thomas James Collins, Captain of the DC10 in aircraft."


Location of Church

Address: St Matthew-in-the-City Anglican Church 187 Federal Street (Corner of Hobson & Wellesley) Auckland New Zealand.

St Matthews in the City Church is located on the corner of Hobson St & Wellesley St West, Auckland CBD.