Unidentified quake victims laid to rest

7:18 pm on 21 February 2012

The remains of the unidentified victims of the 22 February earthquake have been laid to rest at a Christchurch cemetery.

Four of the 115 people who died in the CTV building have never been formally identified, due to the fire that followed its collapse.

They were buried together, in a single casket, at a private interment ceremony at Avonhead Park Cemetery on Tuesday morning.

The cemetery is also the site of a memorial for those who died in the 6.3-magnitude earthquake and family members of about 20 victims have accepted the city council's offer of a burial plot there.

Mayor Bob Parker unveiled the memorial plinth on Tuesday evening, and the area was officially opened to the public.

Marlene Sumalpong's 25-year-old daughter, Rhea Mae, was one of those who could not be formally identified.

Ms Sumalpong returned to New Zealand from her home in Adelaide to attend the service.