Quake commemorative events

Last updated 05:00 22/02/2013

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Today's Civic Service will be held in Latimer Square, which became a makeshift triage centre after the quake.

There are specially allocated spaces for bereaved family members, seriously injured survivors and official guests including Prime Minister John Key.

The service will include readings, hymns and the laying of a wreath. There will be a minute's silence at 12.51pm. 

Members of the public attending are advised to bring their own seating.


From 8am to 8pm people can take part in the River of Flowers event by dropping flowers in the Avon and Heathcote rivers and the Estuary.

From 12.30pm to 1.30pm, community groups will host sites, and encourage people to leave messages on a Tree of Hope. The event is co-ordinated by Healthy Christchurch and Avon Otakaro Network.

At 12.51pm, two minutes' silence will be observed at each of the hosted sites:

- O-Tautahi /The Bricks: Barbadoes St Bridge

- Medway St footbridge site: SW bank in River Rd

- Estuary: Yacht Club car park, Moncks Bay

- Owles Tce Reserve, Bexley

- Horseshoe Lake: Opposite bus stop between Oregon and Tangmere places

- Heathcote River: Opposite Princess Margaret Hospital

- Riccarton Bush: Riverbank between Kahu Rd and Riccarton House

- Botanic Gardens: Footbridge between Christchurch Hospital and the Peace Bell

- Woolston Radley Park: Near the south end of the Catherine St footbridge

- Kerrs Reach

- Beckenham Park (meet at cricket pavilion)

- riverbank opposite Eureka St

- riverbank opposite Avonside Girls' High

- Liffey River in Lincoln township

- New Brighton/South Shore: Estuary bank at the corner of Ebbtide and Caspian streets.


A memorial service, Avonside Remembers, will be held at the Wainoni Methodist Church.

The event, organised by the Wainoni Avonside Community Services Trust, starts at 12.50pm with an assembly at the church in Avonside Dr, opposite Porritt Park, followed by two minutes' silence at 12.51pm.


Gap Filler is inviting visitors to the Pallet Pavilion to write their thoughts on pieces of paper and pin them to the pallet walls throughout the day.

It says there will be no speeches, "just cake, music and community".

 In the evening, all the tables will be put together to form one long table to encourage people to come together and share delicious cakes.

Live music from 7pm with a small bar and cafe from 6pm-10.30pm. 


Riccarton Park Raceway will observe one minute's silence prior at 12.51pm and not start their first race until after that.

The Jo Giles memorial plaque will be shown on trackside during the one minute's silence. 

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