More New Zealand sympathy and solidarity on show

Dunedin: Community rises in wake of mosque terror

Hundreds of members of the public gathered outside Dunedin’s Al Huda mosque in Clyde St for nearly three hours in a show of support for the city’s Muslim community.

Bouquets of flowers and messages of support have lined the entrance to the mosque since Friday afternoon.

In an emotional address outside the mosque, senior member Haizal Hussaini said his community was still grieving but it was also time to return to some sort of normality.

“This is very emotional at this stage for us, which is why we have been keeping quiet while we grieve, but normalcy needs to go on, children need to go to school tomorrow and we need to pray in our mosque,” Mr Hussaini told the crowd while fighting back tears.

Basin Reserve, Wellington

Thousands gather in Hamilton to show support for victims of Christchurch shootings

Thousands of people stood as one in Hamilton to support the victims of the Christchurch terror attack.

They gathered at Claudelands Park on Saturday night opposite the Jamia Masjid Mosque where flowers, messages of unity, and soft toys covered the footpath.

NZ Herald:  Online donations reach $6.3 million for victims of Christchurch mosque shooting

More than $6.3 million has now been donated to the victims of the Christchurch massacre via online fundraising pages.

The largest of those pages is Givealittle’s official “Christchurch Shooting Victims’ Fund” which as of 9.30pm tonight had raised over $4.3 million from 60,000 plus donors.

The New Zealand Islamic Info Centre has also set up a LaunchGood page which has raised more than $1.7 million from 31,000 plus donors.

A separate online donations page also set up on Victim Support’s own website, after overload on the official Givealittle page, has raised over $120,000.

A handful of other separate Christchurch fundraising pages have also contributed over $100,000.

Memorial events and vigils:

  • Invercargill: A vigil for peace and solidarity will take place at Wachner Place at 11am on Sunday.
  • Timaru: A vigil is being held in Timaru on Sunday at 1:30pm in front of the lookout at Caroline Bay.
  • Christchurch: A memorial event will be held at Cathedral Square on Thursday at 8.30pm.
  • Dunedin: Amnesty Otago will host a vigil at the Octagon on Thursday at 7pm.
  • Auckland: A vigil planned for Aotea Square will take place on March 22.
  • Monday March 18, 6pm, Wairarapa, Masterton Town Hall
  • Thursday March 21, from 7pm, Civic Square, vigil by Amnesty at Vic
  • Friday March 22, 12.30, Nelson Islamic Cultural Society Mosque, 320 Hardy St invite you to hold hands to show solidarity in prayer.
  • Monday 18 March, 1pm, The Soundshell,

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22 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  18th March 2019

    The two great killers in human history are religious conflict and the solutions of self-declared socialists.

    Those are the elephants in the room.

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    • Gezza

       /  18th March 2019

      Bad one Alan

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  18th March 2019

        Just an inconvenient truth for you then?

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        • Gezza

           /  18th March 2019

          A cynical misuse of a terrible situation to bang your lefty hatred drum. That’s the inconvenient truth here.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  18th March 2019

            Nope. If we want to end the horror those are the elephants that have to be seen and dealt with.

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            • Gezza

               /  18th March 2019

              This prick isn’t even a socialist. Socialists covers a broad range of political categories. And as squirrels go in a post about this situation this would have to be one of your worst.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  18th March 2019

              This lunatic is in the religious conflict killer wing. Socialists can stand down.

            • Gezza

               /  18th March 2019

              This lunatic is in the white ultra-nationalist wing. His motivation is cultural not religious.

            • Blazer

               /  18th March 2019

              your true colours are…shining through.

            • Zedd

               /  18th March 2019

              What a load of ‘Alt-Right’ claptrap AW !

              I think all the people who support this ‘MAGA-style’ rhetoric etc. should pack up now & move to USA.. to like MrTs boots

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  18th March 2019

              @G, you’ve read his manifesto, I haven’t, but he hit two religious rather than cultural targets so I suspect you are plain wrong. Again.

          • Griff.

             /  18th March 2019

            Deep down Alan feels uncomfortable that it was a right wing terror attack to hide this from his conscience he starts ranting about the left wing .
            It is his mental process to deny reality …….

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  18th March 2019

              It wasn’t a rant and I only included socialists as it was necessary to be accurate.

      • MaureenW

         /  18th March 2019

        I happen to agree with you – here’s another elephant – it’s almost exclusively perpetrated by males. WTF is wrong with men?

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  18th March 2019

          Good point, Maureen. Any answers? Or the converse question: what is right with women?

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          • MaureenW

             /  18th March 2019

            Lol, also, the religions are almost exclusively formed and headed by men. How weird is that?

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  18th March 2019

              About as weird as entering a church to find most of the congregation are women.

            • MaureenW

               /  18th March 2019

              They need to expand the MeToo# movement.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  18th March 2019

              You need to expand on that cryptic comment.

  2. Gezza

     /  18th March 2019

    Incredible footage of the tens of thousands expressing sympathy at the Basin Reserve in Wellington shown on 1ewes at 6 last night. It’s also being shown in reportage on Aljazeera tv.

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