November 20, 2012 is the 25th anniversary of the helicopter crash in Glenside that resulted in the tragic loss of life of Peter Button, Ronald Woolf and Dion Savage.

On that day in 1987, Glenside resident Mr H E Dorset (Max Dorset) was sitting on the front veranda of his historic house, having a cup of tea, when the helicopter piloted by Peter Button went down in front of him. The helicopter had struck transmission lines strung across the valley. Mr Dorset immediately reported the crash to the electricity department.

On Sunday, November 17, 2002, Glenside residents hosted a blessing of the streams flowing through Glenside with a service of healing and remembrance. The elders and kaumatua of Ngati Toa and the Minister at St John Anglican Church in Johnsonville led the service.

Among the guests present were Simon Woolf of Woolf Photography, Sue Day and Bill Day, Chairman Light Flight Trust.

For more information about the blessing of the streams, and the Service of Blessing, Healing and Remembrance, click the link below or use the tab 'The Glen' and view Stream Blessing.

Streamside Blessing