In commemoration of February 22

He roimata ua, he roimata tangata.
As the rain falls, our tears fall in memory of those we have lost.

In commemoration of the 2011 Christchurch Earthquake, on Monday 22 February, Tumu Whakarae Vice-Chancellor Cheryl de la Rey and Tumu Tuarua Kaunihera Pro-Chancellor Steve Wakefield laid a puapua whakamahara (wreath), woven by local kairaranga at Roimata by University Drive. Staff and students joined them for a minute of silence in reflection of the losses to the people of Ōtautahi. After the time in silence, a few people broke out in waiata, singing a hīmene called Whakaaria Mai.

At the beginning of the day, roses in wheelbarrows were placed down University Drive to put in a cone to reflect on the events of 10 years ago.

Ngitaia mai rā ngā tini aituā kai pae o maumahara.  Ki a koutou, ngā mate huhua kai te rauhītanga o te wairua, e mōteatea tonu ana te ngākau ki a koutou.

A message from Kahu Collective:
‘Ehara tāku toa i te toa takitahi,
engari he toa takitini’
‘My strength is not as an individual,
but of many’

We often see communities band together in times of adversity. As the Earthquake caused rubble to fall it also saw communities find themselves woven together in a new way. 10 Roses marks the years that have past. The Lillies are a gentle reminder to cherish the day with your loved ones as we remember the ones who were lost. Harakeke pods represent the new beginnings as time moves and the people and the city grows. The rest of the wreath is bound together by native flora as representation of Aotearoa.

Cathy, Corabelle, Lisa
Kahu Collective

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