Remembering, Two Years On
Here in Christchurch, 22 February is not a date that we’ll ever forget. Two years on from that momentous day in 2011, the city is blossoming with new developments and looking to the future with growing positivity, but today we’ll take time to reflect on what was and remember those that were lost. To mark the day, there’ll be a Civic Memorial Service in North Hagley Park from 12pm to 1:30pm, including the reading of the names of the 185 victims and two minutes’ silence at the moment the earthquake struck, 12:51pm. The Christchurch Earthquake Awards will be held in North Hagley Park from 2pm to 4pm.
For your own, personal, reflection on the day, you might like to take part in the River of Flowers. From 8am till 8pm today, people are invited to drop flowers into the Avon and Heathcote Rivers, and the Estuary, at various sites around the city.
River of Flowers sites: Avondale Rd bridge (Avonside Drive); riverbank opposite Avonside Girls' High School; Beckenham Park cricket pavilion; Botanic Gardens commemorative garden (near the Peace Bell); Bexley Reserve (corner Morganwood Street and Wairoa Street); Christchurch Yacht Club car park (Moncks Bay); Gayhurst Road bridge (Avonside Drive); Medway Street Footbridge (River Road); New Brighton's Owles Terrace Reserve and riverbank (south of the Admirals Way boat ramp); O-Tautahi – The Bricks (Barbadoes Street bridge); riverbank opposite The Princess Margaret Hospital; Radley Park in Woolston (near the south end of the Catherine Street footbridge); Riccarton Bush (between Kahu Road and Riccarton House); riverbank opposite Wainoni Primary School (Eureka Street); Wainoni Methodist Church (opposite Porritt Park 12:30pm – 1:30pm only).
Bring your own flowers and notes to leave on a Tree of Hope at each site.