Nationwide reflection for victims of Christchurch terror attack announced

A nationwide reflection for those killed in the Christchurch terror attack will be held tomorrow, , Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced.

The Muslim Call to Prayer at will be followed by a two-minute silence at 1.32pm, at Hagley Park, opposite the Al Noor Mosque in Deans Ave, Christchurch. This will be broadcast widely with New Zealanders encouraged to join in wherever they may be.

“I know many New Zealanders wish to mark the week that has passed since the terrorist attack and to support the Muslim community as they return to mosques,” Jacinda Ardern said.

“How we choose to reflect during the silence will be different for each of us. Everyone should do what feels right for them, wherever they are – at home, at work, at school.

“Planning is also continuing for a National Memorial Service, which will be held later next week.

“While it will be in Christchurch, we’re looking at how we can involve the rest of New Zealand.

“I appreciate there is significant interest in this Service from throughout New Zealand and internationally, and we will continue to work closely with the local Muslim community, Ngāi Tahu, FIANZ and Christchurch City Council to provide more information as soon as we can.

“As a nation, as one, we will pay our respects to those who died in Christchurch,” Jacinda Ardern said.


Media advisory: for planning purposes

Everyone to be in position
Muslim Call to Prayer
Two-minute silence to be observed
Prayers begin, not to be interrupted
PM departs
Where:
Hagley Park, Christchurch, opposite Al Noor Mosque in Deans Ave, Christchurch.
Please note:
Media will be directed to broadcast from designated locations for images and sound only. The PM will not hold a press conference.
Protocol note:
Preference for women to wear trousers and to cover arms and hair with a scarf or hat. When the Call to Prayer begins, the public may remain standing. All cell phones are to be put on silent.
Contact for media logistics:
Amanda Duncan, Department of Internal Affairs: 027 231 5766, Amanda.Duncan@dia.govt.nz.