Flowers thrown for quake memorial
The first flowers were thrown into the Avon River today to commemorate the February 2011 earthquake.
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority chief executive Roger Sutton and Student Volunteer Army founder Sam Johnson each tossed in roses to highlight the inaugural 'River of Flowers' event to be held on Friday, the second anniversary of the quake.
Johnson said throwing the flowers into the river was a way of "pausing for a moment" and reflecting on how far the city had come since the tragedy.
Healthy Christchurch coordinator Michelle Whitaker said the event aimed to give people a chance to reflect on the last two years and look forward to the future.
"Last year thousands of Cantabrians threw flowers into rivers at 15 sites across Christchurch. The event provided a great opportunity for people to connect with each other and share their experiences and hopes for the future," Whitaker said.
She said there had been lots of suggestions and interest from the community in hosting River of Flowers sites.
For a list of locations along the Avon and Heathcote rivers to throw flowers into the water check www.healthychristchurch.org.nz.
People will be able to drop flowers at the hosted sites along Christchurch rivers and at the estuary between 8am and 8pm.
From 12.30pm to 1.30pm community groups will host the sites and encourage people to write messages on a Tree of Hope.
Two minutes' silence will be held at 12.51pm.