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There are a number of ways people in the Hauraki District can show their support for the families and friends of those who lost their lives in Christchurch, and for our Muslim communities.

Condolence books 

Condolence books in memory of those who lost their lives are available for people to sign in Council service centres and libraries this week and will be sent on to the Christchurch community.

Memorial and prayer

A memorial event is planned in Waihi at Gilmour Reserve on Friday 22 March at 6pm. Organised by the community and supported by Council, the gathering will include a tribute at the Tunnellers Memorial followed by the release of flower petals and lighting of candles at the lakeside. All are welcome to attend.

The Paeroa Co-operating Parish has also opened its doors for prayer this week from Monday to Friday 9am to 3.30pm, as well as Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6pm to 7pm.

Supporting our fellow Kiwis

Hauraki District Mayor John Tregidga says what happened in Christchurch last Friday is absolutely devastating and extremely difficult to process.

“Our heartfelt thoughts are with the families and friends of those who lost their lives, and all of our Muslim communities at this terribly sad time. We’ve all been left reeling by this despicable act, which does not define who we are as New Zealanders in any way at all,” he said. “My message to all our Muslim communities is that you are most welcome here. You are our fellow Kiwis, and we will unite to support you in any way we can.”

This will include reaching out to Muslim communities in the Hauraki District over the coming months to make sure people are feeling safe and welcome and know where to access support if needed.

In honour of those who lost their lives in Christchurch

On Tuesday 19 March 2019 the Council called an extraordinary meeting in acknowledgement of the events in Christchurch on 15 March 2019 and made the following resolution:

THAT we mourn with the families and friends of those who lost their lives in Christchurch and embrace our Muslim communities at this terribly sad time. We can’t change the events of the past, but we can respond with love and do our best to ensure the Hauraki District is a place where everyone is welcome and safe, and diversity and difference is valued and respected.

Ka tangi hotuhotu mātou mo rātou mā ngā whānau me ngā hoa kua whana i Ōtautahi. Aue rā te tangi roimata mo rātou mā ngā Muhirama. Ehara mātou e warewaretia ngā mahi tūkino a tērā wiki. Engari tonu, Karawhiu atu tā mātou aroha ki a rātou mā e mau nei ngā kakahu taratara. Hauraki whenua, Hauraki rohe, Hauraki e tāwharau ana ngā Iwi katoa puta noa i te motu. Piki mai te mauri, maruwehi te ataahua o nga ahurea katoa. Ko te mate ki te pō, ko te ora ki te ao, Haumi-e, hui-e, Tā-eke-e.

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