Commemoration Information

National Dedication and Civic Memorial Service

The Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial was opened to the public on 22 February 2017, the sixth anniversary of the devastating earthquakes.



View footage of the National Dedication & Civic Commemoration Service from February 22, 2017 at the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial

Marlon Williams singing "Now is the hour”

Memorial Wall reveal

"The Lone Piper"

One minute's silence

Timua Brennan "How great art thou”

Prime Minister Bill English addresses those in attendance

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel addresses those in attendance

Ceremony Highlights

Full Live Stream: February 22nd Memorial Service 2017


Private Blessing Event

The previous evening, the memorial was unveiled to bereaved families at a Private Blessing Event, attended by 650 people from around the world. This is the Order of Service for the brief ceremony, which was led by Ngāi Tahu.