Commemorating Avonside on Feb 22

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.

Ceremony ends.

There is a Facebook page for the event here

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