The Canterbury Earthquake Memorial, He Whakamaumaharatanga o te Ru Whenua, will be a place where people can spend time to reflect, and honour those who lost their lives or were injured in the earthquakes.
The Memorial will be located on the edge of the Ōtākaro/Avon River between Montreal Street and Rhododendron Island. The site was selected following feedback from bereaved family members.
The concept of the Memorial was decided through an open design process. ‘Ideas to Remember’ was launched in July 2014. Six design ideas were shortlisted and the designers were invited to develop their ideas further. Sessions were also held with bereaved families, first responders and elected members in February before public consultation.
The winning design was announced by Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee, alongside Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel and Kaiwhakahaere for Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu Ta Mark Solomon on 13 May 2015. "The Memorial Wall" was designed by architect, Grega Vezjak, and was deemed to have "resonated well with the families of those who died in the earthquake, the seriously injured and the people of Canterbury."
As Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says: "We look forward to seeing the design evolve into the kind of space that honours the memory of those who died or were seriously injured, acknowledges the struggles people still face as a result of the earthquakes, and expresses gratitude for the outpouring of support we received."
Project Cost (D&C): $11.00m
Project Funding Crown: $10m
Mayoral Relief Fund: $1m
Project Delivery: Crown
Project Delivery Date: Q1 2017
Project Governance: Joint
Project Ownership: Crown/Christchurch City Council/Ngāi Tahu