The front page of today’s Press is printed in Canterbury’s colours, red and black, and headlined WE REMEMBER.
It goes on to say:
Today New Zealand pauses to remember the lives lost in the Christchurch earthquake on Tuesday, February 22.
We ponder the broken homes, destroyed livelihoods and profoundly changed lives.
The greater anguish is the loss of treasured ones to a force of nature which highlighted the preciousness of human life.
Today we recall ordinary lives, valued people, those close to us. We persevere and in doing so we honour them.
A list follows of those who died in the quake whose names have been released so far.
Inside the paper has a programme of the service:
12:00 Woolston Brass Band.
12:10: Lament by lone piper.
12:15 Arrival of official party.
12:30 Putatara (conch shell) sounded by Ben Brennan to signal the start of the service.
Mihi Whakatau Ceremony.
God Save The Queen.
12:51 The silence led by Very Reverend Peter Beck, Dean of Christchurch.
Tributes: Bob Parker, Prince William.
Reading: Sir Anand Satyanand.
Address: Prime Minister John Key.
Song: Loyal by Dave Dobbyn.
Address: Phil Gff.
Reading: Ralph Moore, Deputy Taskfroce Leader, Christchurch Urban Search and Rescue team.
Song: You’ll Never Walk Alone – Dame Malvina Major.
The lighting of the Flame by Sam Johnson and Patsy Te Are.
The Lords Prayer.
Readings by representatives of Christchurch Christian churches.
Prayers of many faiths.
Song Pie Jesu by Dame Malvina Major.
Reflection by Right Reverend Victoria Matthews.
Verses of consolation by various leaders.
Benediction by Christchurch Cathedral choir.
National Anthem led by Timua Brennan and Laurence Munday, Dame Malvina Major and Hayley Westenra.
Placement of floral tributes and Recessional.
Woolston Brass Band.
Ribbon borrowed – again – from Scrubone at Something Should Go Here Maybe Later.