Christchurch memorial shortlist

11242019_600x400 (4)The six shortlisted designs for the multi-million dollar Canterbury Earthquake Memorial have been unveiled.

Associate Earthquake Recovery Minister Nicky Wagner announced the final designs Tuesday afternoon.

  1. Memorial Wall with a reflective pond (see above)

This design is a long curving white “ribbon” wall of different heights and sizes. There are various “rooms” through the wall with the names of earthquake victims placed in lit alcoves in the wall. It includes a reflection pond.

  1. Table and Chairs

A bronzed 55m x 60cm table and 185 chairs would be fixed on the site. Some of the chairs people could sit on, others would structurally support the table.

Names would be embossed on a steel ribbon suspended above the table. The idea was based on the 185 empty white chairs memorial to the earthquake victims, which is opposite the site of the Canterbury Television building.


  1. A Green and Peaceful Landscape

This involves a spiral path with a chestnut tree in the middle. At the centre of the spiral is a shallow pool with the names underneath the water. The design includes a bridge across the Avon River.


  1. Call and Response

A sonic field of memory incorporating sound and engraved stone walls. This design includes a bridge and concave mirrors that reflect sound. Recordings, such as birdsong, would play. Victims names would be placed in alcoves. There would be a grove of Kowhai trees, which flower in February.


  1. Riverside Promenade

A remembrance wall on the Oxford Tce side of the river with a row of cherry trees to honour the Japanese nationals who died in the quake. Pieces of historic facades from buildings would be incorporated in the promenade.


  1. A Curved and Inclusive Memorial Wall 

Formerly known as the “Veil of Tears”, this design forms a place of contemplation. Water would flow along the top and face of the curved wall over victims’ names carved from greenstone. Stone terraces and an oval lawn could accommodate large numbers for civic events.



The memorial will form part of the Avon River Precinct, between Montreal St and Rhododendron Island, on the corner of Oxford Tce, Lichfield St and Durham St South.

The preferred design will be created using up to $10 million from the Government and $1m from the mayoral relief fund.

Families of those killed in the February 2011 quake and the seriously injured were invited to preview the final six designs on Sunday. About 40 people went along.

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) earthquake memorial development director Rob Kerr said the design brief was for both or either side of the Avon River.

Victims’ families wanted the memorial to include water, greenery and honour those who died, the injured and rescuers.

The memorial should provide an experience, rather than simply act as a monument, Kerr said.

The shortlisted designs, which were anonymous, were “powerful”, he said.

“It’s all about the idea, it’s not about the reputation of the designer.

“On its own the site has water and large fantastic trees, which are the things the families wanted to see.

“The designers have really put a lot of heart and soul into it.”

All the designs were within budget and were in a similar cost “ball-park”, Kerr said.

The memorial needed to be durable, not just look pretty in a picture, he said.

The public will be asked for feedback on the finalised designs, which will be viewable online and will soon go on display outside Canterbury Museum on Rolleston Ave.

After the feedback, a Cera panel will make a recommendation on its preferred design to a memorial leadership group made up of Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel, Wagner, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Maggie Barry and Ngai Tahu representatives.

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee will make the final decision in May.

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority hoped to have the memorial built by February 22, 2016 but this would depend which design was selected.


  • Joelle Dally
  • The Press

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There are no prizes for guessing that the construction industry has produced a huge amount of activity in the city. Compared to 2010, dwelling consents have quadrupled in Christchurch and, according to cement producers Holcim, twice as much cement has been sold.

Car imports coming over the Lyttelton wharfs have increased by about 15,000 in a 2010-2014 comparison and working-age people dependent on benefits have decreased in Christchurch by about 8077.

Container traffic at Lyttelton Port of Christchurch in the 2014 financial year was about 100,000 containers higher than in 2010.

The median household income was about $48,000 in 2010 and has risen to an inflation- adjusted figure of more than $54,000 in 2014. While Christchurch seems to be a bit richer than in 2010, it has lost about 7000 people, according to the 2006 and 2013 censuses.

A smaller population is not reflected in flows at the Bromley Treatment Plant, however. In the year before the first earthquake the current daily flow was 155,544 cubic metres a day and in 2014 it had gone up to 215,280m3/day. The 40 per cent increase in flow was mainly because of groundwater getting into the system through cracked pipes, a council spokeswoman said.

Electricity supplied has yet to return to 2010 levels and Orion New Zealand has about 2000 fewer customers.

Orion spokesman Stephen Godfrey said power usage on the Orion network fell 10 per cent after the February 2011 earthquake but energy usage had recently begun to recover as homes were rebuilt and the city grew. “However, it may be [several] years before power usage returns to 2010 levels. Power usage throughout the country has been flat in recent years as energy efficiency in homes and businesses improves.”

The number of diesel- powered machines in Christchurch has not translated into a big increase in bulk fuel supplies coming into Christchurch and the tonnage in 2014 has not increased much over the 2010 figure.

Christchurch Airport has yet to achieve the level of activity it had in 2010, with passenger numbers and aircraft movements down on 2010.


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  • Martin Van Beynen

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