Today, Friday 15 March has been a dark day for New Zealand. The attacks in Christchurch can only be described as sickening and evil, and all of us at the ANZCCJ sincerely send our love and thoughts out to those who were affected by this tragedy. New Zealand is an unlikely target for this form of violence, and today’s events have shaken both the nation and the world.
In addressing the public, New Zealand Prime Minister the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern has stated that, “We New Zealanders were not chosen for this act of violence because we condone this racism, or because we are an enclave of extremism, we were chosen for the very fact that we are none of these things”.
We must not let this hate divide us. Instead we must urge New Zealanders to band together with love and support for one another.
Kia kaha Christchurch.