Christchurch plans quake anniversary service

A memorial service to mark the first anniversary of the February 22 Christchurch earthquake will be held at North Hagley Park, the city council has announced.

The service will run from 12pm until 1.30pm, and will be followed by the Christchurch Earthquake Awards.

Mayor Bob Parker said there was a strong community focus to the events.

"We experienced tremendous loss in 2011 and while it is important to remember those lost, we also need to look ahead to the future as a community. The public commemorative events will provide us with the opportunity to collectively reflect on the events of the past year.

"We have consulted with the community, service agencies and central government and believe that the public events will provide an opportunity for us to come together as a community.''

Two minutes silence would be observed at 12.51pm, the time the magnitude 6.3 quake struck near the central city, killing 182 people.


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