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Hamilton Zoo unveils memorial to keeper

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/09/2016

A memorial to zookeeper Samantha Kudeweh has been unveiled to mark one year since she was killed by a tiger.

Mrs Kudeweh, 43, was attacked when she entered the tiger's enclosure at Hamilton Zoo.

The memorial unveiled at the zoo by her mother, Judy Stephens, is a bronze sculpture of a baby Southern white rhinoceros.

Zoo director Stephen Standley says Mrs Kudeweh spent a huge amount of time and energy to conserving the endangered species.

Last week, Hamilton City Council was fined more than $48,600 for failing to meet WorkSafe standards at the zoo in relation to Mrs Kudeweh's death.

The council had already paid out $116,000 to the victim's family before the hearing in Hamilton District Court.

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