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

The earthquakes in Canterbury affected many people, locally, nationally and internationally. 185 people died in Christchurch as a result of the 22 February 2011 earthquake, and many others were seriously injured. As a national memorial, the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial will honour all those affected, and form part of the greater Christchurch recovery.

Do it right together

The design and placement of the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial will be done properly and with care. The earthquakes profoundly affected many people and cultures within New Zealand and internationally. Most people in the greater Christchurch region have an earthquake story which reflect the wide variety of experiences.

Community consultation as part of the Memorial’s development will ensure that the voices and ideas of the affected families, the first responders and rescue teams, and the wider community are captured in the design process.

CERA will work with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Christchurch City Council and Ngāi Tahu to identify the site for the Memorial.

Key facts

The Canterbury Earthquake Memorial:

  • will be a place where anyone who wishes can spend time in reflection and remembrance
  • will be constructed on a central city site
  • design brief will recognise feedback from affected families to ensure the Memorial properly reflects the city’s collective earthquake stories
  • project will be led by CERA working closely with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Christchurch City Council and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu.