The Avon-Otakaro Network have organised a commemoration of Avonside at Retreat Park with a memorial and exhibition this coming Friday starting at 11.00 am. Retreat Park is on the corner of Retreat Road and Patton Street. All are welcome.
The programme is:
11am Mihi whakatau and karakia: Te-Kaharoa Manihera
11:05am Mayor speaks and then officially opens the Memorial by unveiling the entrance signage
11:10am Haka by boys from SBHS
11:12am Local Avonside Resident says a few words
11:15am AGHS Student Leader speaks from the school perspective
11:18am Waiata: Linwood North Primary
11:22am UC School of Fine Arts representative speaks to the exhibition.
11:27am Closing karakia
11:30am Community BBQ and get together in the reserve – people can have an opportunity to view the panels at their ease and/or chat to the folk from UC re the exhibition
12:15pm Folk are invited to join a walk through the Avonside red zone to Avonside Drive at the Medway St Footbridge memorial to arrive by 12:40pm
12:45pm Start of a small River of Flowers ceremony
12:51pm Two minutes silence
12:53pm SBHS boys do haka and then lone piper plays Amazing Grace while people throw flowers in the river.
There is a Facebook page for the event here