Government asks for help with Erebus Memorial design

Mt Erebus.
Mt Erebus. Photo credit: Newshub/Breanna Barraclough

Designers are being asked to submit ideas for a memorial to those who perished in the Erebus disaster.

The memorial will erected in Auckland to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1979 tragedy where 257 passengers and crew died on the flight over Antarctica.

Family members of the victims have also been asked to contribute ideas.

Families of the victims have long asked for a national memorial to be erected in New Zealand to allow them somewhere to grieve.

David Allan, who lost his mother, father and sister in the crash, is part of the Erebus National Memorial volunteer group.

"There's a satisfaction in being able to have a moment to reflect in front of something like that," he told Newshub in November 2017.

"We can always learn from these things and I think that's possibly the most important thing, aside from the human comfort."

The Government announced in November 2017 the memorial will be built before the 40th anniversary, but later delayed the building for two years.

It's budgeting $3 million for the memorial.