National Remembrance Service to be held on Friday

We have had a lot of vigils, services and other events following the Christchurch mosque killings in places all over New Zealand. There is more to come.

A National Remembrance Service is being planned for this Friday, 29 March, in Christchurch. It is likely to be broadcast around the country. This was earlier promised by Ardern.

It is worthwhile having it, but there may be some fatigue of all the events and coverage. And there is growing resentment by some at aspects of all of this, showing that intolerance and a determination to dump on things they don’t like or disagree with is ingrained in some people – in particular there have been attacks on Muslims, prayers, and there seems to have been increased vitriol aimed at Jacinda Ardern.

National Remembrance Service following Christchurch terrorist attack

A National Remembrance Service for the victims of the Christchurch mosques terrorist attack, and all those affected by it, will be held at 10am on Friday 29 March, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.

The service will be held in Christchurch in Hagley Park and will be jointly led by the Government of New Zealand, the city of Christchurch, Ngāi Tahu and the Muslim community.

Considerations are being given to simultaneously broadcasting the service to events in Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin and providing links for events in other towns and cities.

“The National Remembrance Service provides an opportunity for Cantabrians, New Zealanders and people all around the world to come together as one to honour the victims of the terrorist attack,” Jacinda Ardern said.

“In the week since the unprecedented terror attack there has been an outpouring of grief and love in our country. The service will be a chance to once again show that New Zealanders are compassionate, inclusive and diverse, and that we will protect those values.

“The terrorist attack has been significant for many countries. We anticipate international guests and visitors will want to attend and to join us in our sorrow and support for the victims and their families,” Jacinda Ardern said.

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says this will be a time for everyone, locally, nationally and internationally, to come together in unity.

“I am very proud of the way our city and nation have responded to this terrorist attack.  What happened on Friday, March 15, 2019 will never define us. It is what has happened since, the love and compassion, that’s what defines us. Coming together on Friday will demonstrate support for all our communities, no matter where we were born, no matter where and how we choose to express our faith. We do not stand alone, we stand together.

“We will not be divided by hatred, we will be united by love,” says Mayor Dalziel.

The details of the service, including exact location, broadcast arrangements and order of service will be announced later in the week.

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  1. artcroft

     /  25th March 2019

    There also seems to be an increase in the vitriol aimed at ordinary kiwis who are routinely labelled as racist, while the herald asserts there is a rising tide of violence in NZ. Let’s not forget this act was perpetrated by one individual, not wider kiwi society. Very tiresome.

    • Finbaar Rustle

       /  25th March 2019

      I disagree.
      I believe the White media has gone out of their way to
      excuse White people any guilt.
      White people have in fact got off real light.
      Lets remember that these past 160 years when a non white
      person committed a crime the white media have always
      portrayed this as indicative of all non white people
      and been ruthless in heavily implicating and denigrating
      every aspect of non white life ad nauseum.
      In response to this horrific slaughter the white guilt syndrome
      in the White dominated media has been tepid
      and at worst disgracefully negligible.
      But what would you expect?
      Business is business so the majority customer is always white.
      So enuf of the fake White “hurt”.
      You know your media has let you off real light.
      Don’t pretend you even know nada about what it’s like to be
      on the end of biased white media these past 427,000 days since 1860.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  25th March 2019

        The white media is quite brown these days and a fully subscribed member of the Treaty industry.

        However, just to be clear, white folk are now guilty for everything bad that happened before they were born but also for generating hatred in countries they don’t live in and for an atrocity committed by a foreign citizen mostly against other foreign immigrants and citizens?

        Is that comprehensive enough for you? I hope you don’t detect any reason white folk here may not sign up for your guilt trip.

        You may also have to suppress an urge to wonder why Maori should not be blamed for crimes committed by other Maori but white folk should be blamed for offenses committed by other white folk. But I expect you will do that without difficulty.

        • Finbaar Rustle

           /  25th March 2019

          The White media say Whites are right non Whites are wrong.
          You know it stop speaking B/S as usual.
          So if white right wing males lose 1% of their power they say
          they are a now totally abandoned minority.
          When you are used to complete control equality seems like oppression.

      • artcroft

         /  25th March 2019

        You forgot to bang on about how inclusive and tolerant you were. Have another go.

  2. adamsmith1922

     /  25th March 2019

    How many vigils,memorials are we going to have. We seem to be in a universe gone mad. What next? A public holiday?
    Frankly, this is becoming rather ridiculous and overblown.

    • Jay3

       /  26th March 2019

      Ardern has severely curtailed her upcoming China trip. Presumably because now she is on a roll there are just too many PR opportunities not to be missed back here. She is in danger of over-egging the celebrity. Wearing a head scarf, looking demure and emoting a la John Campbell will only get you so far. She should take a back seat for a while and allow the focus to be where it should be – on the victims.

  3. That sounds thoroughly ghastly. Surely people have had enough of the repressive new nation some are trying to create by now?

    To coin a phrase, “this is not us”.


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