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Avon site for quake memorial

'A special place for all New Zealanders'

CHARLES ANDERSON
Last updated 10:57 12/07/2014
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JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON
RIVER SETTING: The proposed Christchurch earthquake memorial will be on the Avon River near the city.

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The site where the Memorial for the Canterbury Earthquakes will lie has been unveiled today.

At an event attended by the families of victims of the earthquakes Minister for Earthquake Recovery Gerry Brownlee announced the location alongside the Avon River.

The memorial will honour the lives of those who died in the earthquake, acknowledge the trauma people experienced and recognise those who helped in the rescue and recovery operation, Brownlee said.

The site is on the Avon River, near Montreal St, and is bordered by Cambridge Terrace and Oxford Terrace. A part of Oxford Terrace will be made pedestrian only.

The site was selected following feedback from bereaved family members.

"I hope this is an appropriate recognition of your loss," Brownlee said. "We are ensuring that this becomes a special place for all New Zealanders."

Mayor Lianne Dalziel said choosing a site was a significant step forward to having a dedicated place where people could come and reflect and remember those who were lost.

"We have gained so much from coming together since the earthquake, both in our grief and in our optimism for the future of Christchurch and it will be a wonderful to have a memorial space where we can share our memories, experiences and hopes," Dalziel said.

The government has set aside up to $10 million for the memorial along with $1m from the mayoral relief fund.

The announcement was the first part of three stages called "ideas to remember". It called for all people to submit their ideas of whst the memorial should be - open to anyone of any age, across the world.

A second stage would see the ideas narrowed to six which would be short listed to further develop.

It was hoped the memorial would be completed in time for the five year anniversary in 2016.

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