Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Memorial design ideas impress

Memorial design ideas impress

The calibre of submissions for the design of the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial has been outstanding, says Christchurch Central Development Unit director Warwick Isaacs.

The call for Ideas to Remember closed late last month and 339 submissions were received, half of which were from New Zealand, and half from 37 countries around the world.

“The first stage of the process was open to people across the world to create a meaningful tribute to those who lost their lives and were seriously injured in the February 2011 earthquake,” Mr Isaacs says.

“The sensitivity that both professional and amateur designers have shown in their ideas for the Memorial tells me that they understood the brief to create a fitting space for solemn reflection.”

“Both the amount of submissions and the quality of the work has exceeded expectations.”

“I’m pleased we are now moving forward to the next stage of the design process so we can continue working towards having the Memorial completed for the anniversary of the February earthquake in 2016. We are looking to shortlist design ideas that will help both the Christchurch, national and international communities remember their losses and express the shared experience of the Canterbury earthquakes.”

“This next stage will see those shortlisted invited to further develop their designs.”

The submissions will be shortlisted to about six by an Evaluation Panel made up of external experts David Sheppard, Patrick Clifford, Dr Jacky Bowring, Rob Watson, Deborah McCormick and Nathan Pohio, as well as a participant on behalf of the bereaved families.

The shortlisted designs will be presented to bereaved families, the seriously injured and survivors from the earthquake, and then to the recovery leaders, key stakeholders and the general public.

It is anticipated the shortlisted designs will be finalised in late October with a public display early next year.

The Memorial is to be located on the banks of the Avon River between Montreal Street and Rhododendron Island.

More on the Memorial can be found at www.ccdu.govt.nz

Note: Individual submissions won’t be released publicly at this stage to ensure a fair evaluation process.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news