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New Zealand Peace Bell site to be blessed

Media Release 1 May 2006 1 page

New Zealand Peace Bell site to be blessed

On Wednesday, 3 May at 2pm, Reverend Maurice Gray of Ngai Tahu will bless the site that will house a pavilion containing the New Zealand World Peace Bell gifted to Christchurch by the World Peace Bell Association last year.

The site, located in the Botanic Gardens close to the footbridge leading from the Gardens through to the daffodil lawn, will form part of a new city peace walk.

Christchurch City Council International Relations Coordinator Barbara August says, "peace bells are usually gifted to a country's capital city but this one has come to Christchurch in recognition of the fact that we are New Zealand's official peace city".

The NZ bell is a replica of the original World Peace Bell gifted to the United Nations in 1954 and is one of only 19 such bells around the world. It is made of coins and medals from 106 countries, including New Zealand, committed to the promotion of world peace. The bell is 1m tall, 609mm wide and weighs 365kg.

Work on the pavilion is expected to be completed by mid-September.

Public welcome to attend the brief ceremony.


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