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Be proud of this special place of remembrance says Mayor

Mayor Lianne Dalziel

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel spoke at the dedication of the new commemorative pathway and the sculpture Roimata on 22 February.

Her speech is reproduced here:

Pro Chancellor, Sue McCormick, Vice-Chancellor, Dr Rod Carr and UCSA President, Josh Proctor

My fellow councillors: Anne Galloway, Vicki Buck, Jimmy Chen, Mike Davidson, Phil Clearwater, and Sara Templeton

Thank you for the honour and the privilege of sharing this occasion with you as we unveil this commemorative sculpture, Roimata, and dedicate this part of the cycleway to the memory of the February 22 earthquake in 2011, both acknowledging and remembering the losses and injuries sustained by students, alumni and friends of the University.

Events to commemorate that day, act as reminders of all that we have lost, but on this occasion we will also be called upon to reflect on the incredible spirit that emerged from the community, exemplified at this place, the University of Canterbury, by the Student Volunteer Army.

I have not yet seen Roimata, but I am confident that when we see her, we will feel that Riki Manuel has captured both the sadness we feel on remembering that day and the generosity of spirit and courage that became the hallmarks of what followed.

The events of February 22, 2011 and the weeks, months and years that followed may have changed the face of Christchurch forever, but the heart of what makes us who we are as a community, a university and a city has been strengthened by our shared experience of grief and loss, coupled now with our immutable optimism for the future.

The University of Canterbury can be proud of the role it played and will continue to play as we turn lessons learned into global best practice for the future.

And today you can be proud of creating this special place of remembrance and honouring our shared sense of loss and the spirit that flowed from the tears.

He roimata o runga, he tangi he ua

He roimata o raro, he tangi maumahara

The tears from above, the grief of love

As the tears from our eyes are of remembrance

SVA Connect the Community


The Student Volunteer Army (SVA) is heading to Linwood Park for the City Care Connect the Community event on Saturday 29 July.

This Connect the Community event will be bigger and better than ever. We are looking for 300 student volunteers to help give some TLC back to the Linwood Community. We’ve got heaps of great volunteering activities planned at the park including painting, planting, and projects around the school. As always, our volunteers will get free transport to and from the event and we’ll finish off the event with a free community bbq set up in the central hub at Linwood Avenue School.

Find out more and sign up here>

SVA Big Give on 4 March

On Saturday 4 March 2017, during UC Orientation Week, the Student Volunteer Army is heading to South New Brighton, Christchurch, to carry out a large-scale volunteering event called the SVA Big Give.

The SVA Big Give vision is to see 1,000 UC students, as well as community members and groups, event partners and sponsors, sports teams and politicians, including the Mayor of Christchurch.

The project location is Rocking Horse Road Spit in South New Brighton, a suburb that was badly hit by the earthquakes and which has dealt with other major blows in regards to insurance and sea level rise.

SVA Big Give volunteering will involve:

  • restoration of the dunes
  • repair of walking tracks on the spit and beach access-ways
  • weed control
  • removal of rubble from earthquake-damaged seawalls
  • the creation of a new picnic table area.

The event will be a great opportunity for students to get stuck in, meet new people and make a real difference in the community. SVA will also provide all volunteers with a free BBQ lunch at a central hub set up in the reserve, with entertainment from a number of kiwi musicians.

This is the first time the SVA Big Give’has been run and it will be the largest mobilisation of volunteers since the initial earthquakes – we hope you will join us to be part of SVA history!

If you’d like to come along, register on Facebook or download the SVA app from the app store.

Downloading the app:

  1. Search ‘SVA’ on the app store
  2. Download the free SVA app
  3. Login with the same details you used to sign up to SVA at clubs day or create a new account
  4. View our upcoming events and join the Big Give event
  5. At the event, show us your QR code to scan in to get your volunteer hours credited (your verified hours can appear on your Co-curricular Record and if you are in a hall it will contribute hours to help your hall win the interhall volunteer shield).

Big Give