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Creating a tribute . . . Mary Rose will make a special cross-stitch for slain police offer Mat thew Hunt’s family. PHOTO: GEORGE CLARK

by George Clark

Hobbyist cross-stitcher Mary Rose, of Timaru, has practised the skill of embroidery for the past two decades.

After receiving nationwide recognition for a memorial piece dedicated to police dog Gazza, fatally shot in 2016 during an incident which drew armed police and a helicopter to a neighbourhood north of Wellington, she has set her sights on a memorial for policeman Matthew Hunt.

The 28-year-old Waitemata police officer was shot during a routine traffic stop in the Auckland suburb of Massey on June 19.

Another police officer was also shot in the leg after being fired on more than a dozen times.

The shooting triggered a large manhunt by the police, including the Armed Offenders Squad, across Auckland that ended in the arrests of a 24-year-old man with current name suppression and 30-year-old Natalie Bracken.

Mrs Rose said the memorial piece would involve Constable Hunt in his uniform, standing beside a car.

“The image will have when he was born and when he died, next to it. I need to work out what words I might include. I have thought to add loved son and workmate so far but we will see.”

Her passion for the craft started when her daughter was getting married.

“She felt she needed a ring cushion, so I took it upon myself to create one and have not really put the needle down since.”

Mrs Rose hoped to give Constable Hunt’s family the memorial art by Christmas.Nike SneakersNike Air Force 1 07 Premium Just Do It AR7719-100 Shoes – Buy Best Price Adidas&Nike Sport Sneakers