Christchurch earthquake memorial: How it works and what to look for

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Changes to the earthquake memorial don't bother Slovenian architect Grega Vezjak.

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Changes to the earthquake memorial don’t bother Slovenian architect Grega Vezjak.

After much debate, the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial opens this week.

So how does it work? How should it be understood and visited?

Start at the 270kg pounamu stone on Oxford Tce just downstream from Christchurch Hospital on the Avon River, said Bruce McEachen.

He’s chair of the Quake Families Trust, which represents the families of the 185 people killed and those seriously injured in the February 22, 2011 earthquake, and has been deeply involved in the memorial for years.

The pounamu was gifted by Te Runanga o Makaawhio, a Ngai Tahu sub-tribe from the West Coast, as a “sign of the mana” given to the memorial by Maori.

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http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/business/the-rebuild/89465766/christchurch-earthquake-memorial-how-it-works-and-what-to-look-for

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