The Earthquake Memorial
Work has officially begun on the Earthquake Memorial site, starting with the north bank. A reflective gathering space will be developed here before the Memorial Wall itself is built across the river on the south bank.
The entire memorial will be completed in time for the commemorations on February 22, 2017.
View looking at the Reflective Space (north bank) from The Memorial Wall (south bank).
The Canterbury Earthquake Memorial will provide a place to reflect on the events that changed Canterbury forever, paying respect to the 185 people who lost their lives on 22 February 2011. It will acknowledge the shared trauma and huge support received with the recovery operation that followed.
How we choose to remember varies over time, and across cultures and individuals. It can also happen in all kinds of ways - sometimes as part of a formal civic function, and at other times as personal and informal refection. The design of a memorial contributes to this by providing for different interpretations and experience. It might be a place you can walk through, or simply sit and reflect.
The site for the Memorial is on a stretch of the Ōtākaro/Avon River between Montreal Street and Rhododendron Island.
This location was selected because it is easily accessible and can accommodate one person seeking quiet reflection or events with many people. Feedback from families of people who died in the earthquake and those who were severely injured showed they wished for the memorial to incorporate water and greenery. This location fits well with these wishes as it is on the banks of the Ōtākaro/Avon River with many well-established large trees.
View of Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial from Montreal Street LEFT: Reflective Space (north bank) RIGHT: The Memorial Wall (south bank).
Design Panel Evaluation
Canterbury Earthquake Memorial Evaluation Panel Recommendation [PDF 9.5MB], 32 pages - includes appendix written by designer Grega Vezjak.
Canterbury Earthquake Memorial Research Analysis - 01 April 2015 [PDF 1.6MB] - report prepared by Ipsos New Zealand summarising the public feedback received on designs for the memorial.