Family support memorial for nurses lost in Christchurch earthquake
The husband of one of more than 50 nurses killed in the Christchurch earthquake says an annual memorial will ensure they are not forgotten.
A ceremony to remember the 53 nurses who died in the February 2011 earthquake was held on Friday, International Nurses Day. It would become an annual event, New Zealand Nursing Organisation (NZNO) Canterbury regional council chairwoman Cheryl Hanham said.
About 50 retired and working nurses gathered at the Christchurch earthquake memorial wall to pay their respects. The names of the nurses killed in the disaster were read out and wreaths were laid by Hanham and Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel.
Murray Grant's wife, Elizabeth Jane Grant, 51, had just started working at The Clinic in the CTV building when it collapsed on February 22, 2011.
Grant said he would have attended the ceremony if he had known about it, and would attend next year.
"I have got nothing against it because they won't be forgotten. Nurses are quite important and it was a shame to lose so many."
Grant said his wife, who was known as Jane, was passionate about nursing and very good at it.
He said she was pleased to return to work at The Clinic after a period at another medical centre.
"She couldn't wait to get back there."
The Clinic had not long moved to the CTV building from its previous location in Gloucester St when the earthquake happened, Grant said.
He said life without Jane was not the same.
"I don't think it's something you ever get over."
The nurses who died in the earthquake were from eight countries: New Zealand (four), China (16), Japan (13), Canada (one), Ireland (one), the Philippines (11), Taiwai (one) and Thailand (six).
Elizabeth Grant, Teresa McLean,40, Christine Patricia 'Trish' Stephenson, 61, were working at The Clinic at the time of the quake.
Lisa Willems, 43, was a registered nurse who was studying law. She died when buildings fell on her car while she was waiting at the traffic lights on the corner of Lichfield and Manchester streets.
The nurses from China, Thailand, Japan, the Philippines and Taiwan were all studying English in the CTV building at the time of the earthquake.
French Canadian woman Marielle Falardeau, 60, was visiting New Zealand with her sister. She was killed while shopping in Colombo St.
Christchurch Hospital nurse, Eoin (Owen) McKenna, 40, died when a building collapsed on his car at the intersection of Manchester and Lichfield streets.
NURSES WHO DIED IN THE CHRISTCHURCH EARTHQUAKE:
Marielle Falardeau, 60
Yumiko Hata, 29
Miki Hayasaka, 37
Yuko Hirabayashi, 28
Hifumi Hoshiba, 41
Haruki Hyakuman, 27
Rika Hyuga, 30
Toshiko Imaoka, 34
Noriko Otsubo, 41
Yoko Sakurai, 27
Yoko Suzuki, 31
Hiroko Tamano, 43
Asuka Tsuchihashi, 28
Ayako Yamaguchi, 30
New Zealand (4)
Elizabeth Jane 'Jane' Grant, 51
Teresa McLean, 40
Christine Patricia 'Trish' Stephenson, 61
Lisa Willems*, 43 (Previously NZRN)
Yu Cai, 31
Xiling 'Vivi' Han, 25
Wen He, 25
Chang Lai, 27
Jin-Yan 'Vicky' Leng, 30
Wanju 'Julia' Li, 44
Hui Yun Tu, 22
Li-Min Wang, 32
Tao Wang, 29
Lin-Lin Xu, 26
Xiujuan Xu, 47
Caiying 'Cathy' Ye, 27
Di-Di Zhang, 23
Hui Zhang, 34
Yan-Tao Zhong, 31
Xiao-Li Zhou, 26
Lalaine Collado Agatep, 38
Mary Louise Anne Bantillo Amantillo, 23
Emmabelle Cabahug Anoba, 26
Valquin Descalsota Bensurto, 23
Ivy Jane Cabunilas, 33
John Kristoffer Villegas Chua, 23
Jewel Jose Francisco, 26
Ezra Mae Sabayton Medalle, 24
Erica Avir Reyes Nora, 20
Jessie Lloyd Albaracin Redoble, 30
Rhea Mae Sumalpong, 25
Eoin Thomas 'Owen' McKenna, 40
Hsin Hung Lee, 32
Thanydha 'Koy Thanida' Intarangkun, 36
Phimphorn Liangchuea, 41
Haruthaya 'Jenny' Luangsurapeesakul, 32
Wanpen 'Nok' Preeklang, 45
Jittra 'Tarr' Waithayatadapong, 40
Siriphan Wongbunngam, 27