Civic events  |  7 Feb 2024

A small Civic Memorial Ceremony is planned to mark the 13th anniversary of the destructive 22 February 2011 earthquakes.

It will take place at Oi Manawa Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial on the banks of the Ōtākaro Avon River, between the Montreal Street Bridge and Durham Street.

Mayor Phil Mauger will lay a wreath at the Memorial Wall on behalf of the people of Christchurch and the names of the 185 people who lost their lives in the earthquake will be read aloud. A bell will be tolled, once for each person.

The bell is a replica of the ship’s bell from HMNZS Canterbury that was presented to the people of Christchurch by the Royal New Zealand Navy.

“Anyone who wishes to attend the ceremony is welcome to do so. A minute of silence will be shared at 12.51pm, the time the earthquake struck, however no formal speeches will be made,” says Christchurch City Council Civic and International Relations Manager Duncan Sandeman.

“It will be an opportunity for people to come together at this special place to remember the impact of the earthquakes and the changes it wrought on their lives and on the city."

Oi Manawa was designed by Slovenian architect Grega Vezjak and unveiled on the sixth anniversary of the earthquakes. It was developed in close consultation with those most affected by the disaster, including bereaved families, those who were injured, and first responders to the emergency.

The ceremony on Thursday 22 February will start at 12.45pm.