Ko whakamahurutia kā nekeneke a Rūaumoko, heoi, e kārueruea tou a Manawa.
Although the movements of Rūaumoko, the atua or guardian of earthquakes, have pacified, the heart still trembles.
In memory of the 22 February Earthquake, the Tumu Whakarae | Vice-Chancellor took a moment to lay a puapua whakamahara, a wreath, woven by two local kairaranga (weavers), at Roimata this morning.
To acknowledge the ninth anniversary of the 22 February Earthquake, the puapua whakamahara was woven with a base of kareao, grapevine, wiwi and wawa. The different plants used represent unity between all of the people of Ōtautahi, the rest of Aotearoa and the world. There are 17 lilies to represent the 17 countries who lost citizens in the earthquake. One red lily represents the personal loss of one of the weavers’ Aunt Jo, who died in the CTV building. The red roses and black kōrari represent Waitaha Canterbury colours. The fresh fern leaves are a symbol of new beginnings in the rebuilding of our city, Ōtautahi Christchurch.
E ngā kaiwhatu o te aroha, e ngā kaiwhītiki o tēnei koha, nāia te whakamiha mā ō kōrua whakaaro rangatira. Special thanks to Cathy, Lisa and Corabelle from Kahu Collective for weaving this puapua whakamahara.