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Ways to Experience 185 Empty White Chairs - Earthquake Memorial
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Reviewed 21 April 2020

The empty chairs represent those that perished during the earthquake. It is a very sad and somber area, especially when you see the chairs that belonged to infants.

Date of experience: February 2020
1  Thank KarenM1_10
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Reviewed 31 March 2020

185 white chairs to symbolise the 185 people who died including a baby bouncer. It is literally at the side of the road, but very poignant and simply done.

Date of experience: March 2020
1  Thank annedunne24
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Reviewed 31 March 2020

Just seeing all the chairs is a reminder of how many people lost their lives in the 2011 earthquake. Very emotion I though.

Date of experience: March 2020
Thank GHerbert1960
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Reviewed 29 March 2020

There is nothing fancy or grandiose about this memorial. It's just a collection of various white painted chairs, 185 to be exact. But it's what it represents which remains with you long after you've left. Each chair represents a life lost during the earthquake. Whether it be a child's bassinet, a rocking chair, office chair or lounge chair. You could easily picture someone sitting in each of them.
We read the literature which was in the shelter next to the chairs. Describing how it was done and by whom. The poem moved me to tears-it said it all.
There is no admission as the memorial is in the open. But there is a donation box for it's upkeep.
It's well worth a visit. Take some tissues just in case.

Date of experience: March 2020
Thank Christine F
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Reviewed 27 March 2020

This is a stark reminder and tribute to those who lost their lives in the 2011 earthquake. It is just one reminder of the devastation of that event,

Date of experience: March 2020
Thank truane1148
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