Quake commemorative events

20:29, Feb 21 2013
Flowers in cones
Flowers placed in road cones on the Ferrymead Bridge mark the second anniversary of the deadly February 22 earthquake.
Flowers in cones
Flowers placed in road cones on the Ferrymead Bridge mark the second anniversary of the deadly February 22 earthquake.
Flowers in Bowenvale Valley
FRESH: New flowers appeared in traffic cones in Bowenvale Valley this morning.
Merrin School remembers
MERRIN SCHOOL REMEMBERS: Pupils placed 185 paper flowers at the base of their flag pole to mark the second anniversary of the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake.
Merrin School remembers
SYMBOLIC: Merrin School's 185 handmade paper flowers commemorate those who died in the February earthquake.
Flowers in cones
Flowers placed in road cones in Ferrymead mark the second anniversary of the deadly February 22 earthquake.
Flowers in cones
Flowers placed in road cones in Ferrymead mark the second anniversary of the deadly February 22 earthquake.
Flowers in cones
Flowers placed in road cones in Ferrymead mark the second anniversary of the deadly February 22 earthquake.
Flowers in cones
Flowers placed in road cones in Ferrymead mark the second anniversary of the deadly February 22 earthquake.
Sign of the times
CHRISTCHURCH REMEMBERS: Flowers are appearing around the city as we remember those who died.
Second quake anniversary
Hundreds of people gather at Latimer Square ahead of the anniversary ceremony.
Second quake anniversary
The crowd waits for the ceremony to start.
Second quake anniversary
The crowd waits for the ceremony to start.
Second quake anniversary
Labour leader David Shearer, Mayor Bob Parker and his wife Jo, and Prime Minister John Key sing during the anniversary ceremony.
Second quake anniversary
The crowd listens to the speeches during the ceremony.
Second quake anniversary
People gather at the CTV site ahead of the anniversary ceremony at Latimer Square.
Second quake anniversary
The minute's silence is observed at Wainoni Methodist Church.
Second quake anniversary
Flowers were placed at the CTV site.
Second quake anniversary
Prime Minister John Key shared this photo of him at the anniversary ceremony on Twitter. "I've just spoken at the Earthquake Memorial, a sombre occasion as we pause to remember those who died or were injured," he tweeted.
Key, Parker, Brownlee
CROWDS GATHER: PM John Key arrives in Latimer Square with Mayor Bob Parker and Earthquake minister Gerry Brownlee.
Wainoni flowers
IN MEMORY: Flowers are placed in a tribute at Wainoni Methodist Church to those who died two years ago.
Wainoni Methodist Church - candles
IN MEMORY: Candles are lit at the Wainoni Methodist Church memorial service.
Street savvy
RESPECT: Hats are removed at the quake memorial service in Latimer Square.
Large screen for memorial service
CLOSE-UP: A large screen helped the Latimer Square crowds see the memorial service speakers.
Peter Majendie
CANTERBURY ARTIST: Peter Majendie, known for his earthquake memorial featuring 185 white chairs, takes a look at tributes at the CTV site.
Jaime Gilbert
FAMILY TRIBUTE: Jaime Gilbert's family placed a tribute on a road cone outside the Iconic bar on Manchester St where he was killed.
St Bernadette's School
ST BERNADETTE'S: This Hornby school lay flowers in a heart with the words: Love, Pray, Help, Remember and Rebuild.
NZ flag at Latimer Square
REMEMBERED: A mourner looks at the wreaths through a NZ flag at Latimer Square's memorial service.
Scott Base floral tribute
WITH LOVE: Nichola Lang, left and Nicky Hawker, in Scott Base

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.

RIVER OF FLOWERS

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.

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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.

AVONSIDE REMEMBERS

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.

PALLET PAVILION

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 RACES

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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