The formal memorial for the victims of Christchurch's
February 22 earthquake will be built on the banks of the Avon
River, nestled between greenery and water, it was revealed
Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee announced the
site today, alongside Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel and
Kaiwhakahaere for Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu Ta Mark Solomon.
The Canterbury Earthquake Memorial will honour the people who
died in the earthquake, acknowledge the trauma of people who
lived it, and recognise those who helped in the rescue and
It will sit between Montreal Street and Rhododendron Island
in the Avon River Precinct, a site chosen with the help of
bereaved family members who wanted the memorial to
incorporate water, trees and greenery.
Mr Brownlee said the memorial would be a special place for
"all New Zealanders".
"We have been conscious that we want a memorial in a location
that can be meaningful for all those who were affected by the
tragedy rather than placing any emphasis on any particular
site where lives were lost."
Mayor Lianne Dalziel said February 22 had had an
"immeasurable impact" on the people of Christchurch and
affected people throughout the world.
"Choosing a site for the memorial is a significant step
forward to having a dedicated special place where people can
come and reflect and remember all those we lost, and
everything that people everywhere have been through on that
day, and since."
Mr Solomon said the Avon River was an appropriate place for
the people of Canterbury, having been a meeting place for
The Government has set aside up to $10 million for the
project, to be combined with $1 million from the Mayoral
The shape of the memorial will be decided through a
three-stage open design process, the first stage which was
'Ideas to Remember' asks people to submit their own ideas for
the memorial and is open to anyone anywhere in the world.
The second stage will narrow the submissions to six, from
which one will be chosen.