I want to acknowledge Accor Hotels for commissioning Ruby Jones to undertake this tribute to all those who have enabled the managed isolation and quarantine process to occur.
We are particularly familiar with Ruby’s work here in our city after the events of March 15th when her simple portrayal of a hug and the words “This is your home and you should have been safe here” spoke for all of us.
So to see her representation of the 14 days from the perspective of returnees and staff that protected our whole country is moving and endearing.
Reading the stories that accompanied each picture made me feel very emotional so I know those who have been part of the 14 day MIQ journey will find a point of connection with so many feelings they evoke.
The exhibition is designed to enable us to thank the MIQ workers and the more than 120 000 people who have been through the MIQ facilities.
The role of art and creativity in supporting our collective wellbeing is well-known here in Christchurch. Art has helped us recover after the earthquakes and after the terrorist attack.
MIQ has kept the team of five million safe and this exhibition has given expression to our gratitude.