The Earthquake Memorial
He Whakamaumaharatanga o te Rū Whenua
A place where people can spend time in reflection and remembrance will be developed in central Christchurch.
A place to reflect and remember
185 people died in Christchurch as a result of the 22 February 2011 earthquake, and many others were seriously injured. The Earthquake Memorial will honour all those affected, and form part of the ongoing Christchurch recovery.
Do it right together
The design and placement of the Earthquake Memorial must be done properly. The earthquakes profoundly affected many people and cultures within New Zealand: nearly every person in the greater Christchurch region has an earthquake story and we all tell them in different ways.
A community consultation process is being undertaken as part of the Memorial’s development, to ensure that the voices and ideas of the affected families and the community are captured in the design process.
The Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Christchurch City Council and Ngāi Tahu will work together to identify the site and begin development. A design competition will be undertaken to attract the best ideas; international teams may participate but they must include local people.
- will be a place where anyone who wishes can spend time in reflection and remembrance
- will be constructed in the central city at a site yet to be identified
- the advice of affected families and the community will be sought to ensure the Memorial properly reflects the city’s collective earthquake stories
- the Earthquake Memorial will be developed jointly by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, the Christchurch City Council and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu