Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial


The Right Stone

Mauri Tau Mauri Ora is the 270 kilogram pounamu kōhatu that sits on a Carrara marble plinth at the entrance to Oi Manawa, the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial. Gifted by Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio, it marks a place for those affected by the Christchurch earthquakes to reflect and remember the people and places they have lost. It signposts a memorial to whenua, whānau, and memories.
For carver Fayne Robinson (Ngāi Tahu – Ngāti Māhaki, Ngāti Waewae; Ngāti Apa ki te Ra To – Puahaterangi), it is also a metaphor of sorts for the before and after of Christchurch city. Its rough crust, he says, resembles rubble; and the “little windows of potential”, showing in places, reflect where we are heading with the city rebuild.

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A place to remember

The sixth anniversary of the February 22 earthquake on Wednesday is a significant moment for Cantabrians and for all those affected by the tragic events of that day in 2011. The unveiling of Oi Manawa Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial at the National Dedication and Civic Memorial Service, will give people a dedicated venue to remember…

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 Final inscribed panel placed on front of Memorial Wall

The final inscribed marble panel on the front of the Memorial Wall has been placed. The Memorial Wall forms part of the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial, a space on the banks of the Ōtākaro/Avon River where people can reflect on the events that changed Canterbury forever – paying respect to the 185 people who lost…

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