Christchurch terror attack: Proposed memorial has price tag of more than $10m

A proposed memorial encapsulating how New Zealanders responded after the Christchurch terror attack could cost more than $10 million.

Ideas are starting to be shared about what could be done in the way of a memorial in the wake of the attack.

The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ) has had concept plans drawn for a memorial representing how the country responded.

FIANZ president Dr Mustafa Farouk told Newshub there could also be a separate memorial to remember the victims.

Dr Farouk said that memorial could include a feature with victims' names.

He said meetings would be held with the Christchurch City Council, Ngāi Tahu and other interested parties.

Christchurch terror attack: Proposed memorial has price tag of more than $10m
Photo credit: FIANZ

"New Zealanders can come together, regardless of their beliefs - and try to remain connected," he told Newshub.

Concept plans for the memorial have been drawn by Rotorua-based APA Architects and Project Management.

Architect Aladina Harunani said the estimated expense was not new in New Zealand.

"The world has multimillion dollar memorial museums, churches, mosques, temples and symposium halls," he told Newshub.

"So here our client is taking the energy offered to them from local and international leadership to seek what if at all we can achieve if we put our minds to [the] test in building and architecture."

The company said on Facebook is was "proud" to have provided some Māori symbolism and architecture to the design.

Christchurch City Mayor Lianne Dalziel told Stuff the council would work closely with the Government and the Muslim community, and was supportive of the concept despite having not seen the plans.