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River of Flowers

20 February, 2014

River of Flowers

On the third anniversary of the 22 February earthquake Cantabrians will once again have the opportunity to share their experiences and hopes for the future as part of the River of Flowers commemoration.

Michelle Whitaker, from Healthy Christchurch, says the River of Flowers provides a great opportunity for people to connect with each other and share their experiences and hopes for the future.

“A unique feature of the River of Flowers is that it is driven by each local community, and this year community groups will be hosting 15 sites,” Ms Whitaker says.

In addition, people attending the Civic Memorial Service at the Botanical Gardens will also have the opportunity to participate at the River of Flowers site on the Avon River at the conclusion of the service

On Saturday 22nd February 2014 Cantabrians will be able to throw flowers at various sites along the Avon, Heathcote and Liffey rivers, and at the estuary. Sites will be open from 8am to 8pm, and hosted by community groups between 12.30-1.30pm. Two minutes silence will be held at 12:51pm.

Evan Smith from the Avon-Otakaro Network (AvON) says the River of Flowers has struck a chord with Cantabrians.

“Over the last two years thousands have taken part to reflect, connect, and look to the future.With the third anniversary falling on a Saturday we anticipate even higher levels of participation as more people come together to celebrate our strength,” Mr Smith says.

People are asked to bring their own flowers and notes to tie onto the Trees of Hope.

Confirmed locations

SiteLocation DetailsHost
Beckenham ParkRiverbank.Beckenham Neighbourhood Association
Botanic Gardens (1 to 1.30pm)Footbridge between the Hospital and the Peace Bell2014 Festival of Flowers, Mental Health Foundation and Christchurch City Council
Memorial Mini ParkCorner of New Brighton and Lake Terrace RoadsBurwood Christian Centre
Kerrs ReachBetween the boat shedsAvon Otakaro Network
EstuaryYacht Club Car Park, Moncks BayChristchurch Yacht Club
Heathcote RiverRiverbank opposite The Princess Margaret HospitalCanterbury District Health Board
IlamOn the riverbank in front of the University of Canterbury Students' Association BuildingCanterbury University

LincolnLincoln Township on the banks of the River LiffeyLincoln and Districts Community Care Association Inc.
Medway Street Foot BridgeSW bank on River RoadAvon Otakaro Network

New BrightonOwles Terrace ReserveRiver of Life and Renew Brighton
O-Tautahi - The BricksBarbadoes Street bridgeAvon Loop Planning Association
Riccarton BushRiver Bank between Kahu Road and Riccarton HouseRebuild Christchurch and Canterbury University
South New BrightonBoat Ramp at the South Brighton DomainSouth Brighton Residents Association
Wainoni Methodist Church878 Avonside Drive (Methodist Church opposite Porritt Park)Wainoni/Avonside Community Services Trust
Wainoni/ AranuiRiverbank across Anzac Drive opposite Eureka StreetCanterbury District Health Board
Woolston Radley ParkRadley Park near the south end of the Catherine Street footbridgeWoolston Community Centre

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