Civic memorial service to mark quake anniversary

2:52 pm on 9 January 2012

The first anniversary of the February earthquake in Christchurch will be marked with a civic memorial service at noon in Hagley Park, including a two-minute silence.

The South Island city and parts of the Canterbury region were battered by the powerful 6.3-magnitude quake on 22 February that killed 181 people and destroyed much of central Christchurch.

On Monday, Christchurch City Council issued details of the commemorative events with a service at North Hagley Park starting at noon.

Mayor Bob Parker says there will be a strong community focus providing people with the opportunity to reflect on the events of the past year.

The memorial service will last 90 minutes and include musical accompaniment from school children.

Later that day, Christchurch Earthquake Awards will be presented to people identified as heroes by the community.

After the events in Hagley Park, Mr Parker expects residents will organise their own community events throughout the city.