12 moments that show how New Zealanders have united in the face of terrorby Vomle Springford
In the following days after the Christchurch terror attacks, New Zealand has come together and signalled to the world that we stand together with our Muslim community. Here are some moving moments that show this support and strength.
"He is a terrorist. He is a criminal. He is an extremist. But he will, when I speak, be nameless... I implore you: speak the names of those who were lost, rather than name of the man who took them. He may have sought notoriety, but we in New Zealand will give him nothing, not even his name." - Jacinda Ardern speaking to the House at Parliament, 19 March.
"I love him to be honest, I think probably he went through some trauma in his life, probably he wasn't loved... I don't hate him at all, I don't hate him at all, not at all. If someone does bad to you, do good in return." - Farid Ahmed, a senior leader at the Deans Avenue Mosque who lost his wife in the terror attack says he has forgiven the shooter.
"I am a proud Muslim and I am a leader in the NZ Police and I am horrified at the events in Christchurch... I want our Muslim community to know, and our Christchurch community to know, that we stand with you and share in your grief and your pain. The NZ police will do everything we can to support our wider community and in particular our Muslim communities, inshallah." - Superintendent Naila Hassan speaks at the Auckland vigil for Christchurch victims in Aotea Square, 16 March.
Read more: How you can help after the Christchurch terror attack
Jay Waaka, one of the road crew who overnight gently and lovingly moved thousands of bunches of flowers from the centre of Deans Ave to the side. All bunches carefully placed upright. All teddy bears seated properly. All cards & messages positioned so they can be read. Kindness. pic.twitter.com/ouVVRfuMEt— John Campbell (@JohnJCampbell) March 17, 2019
Witi Ihimaera's Karakia for Christchurch:
"What has been remarkable about the local Muslim community here is we have found incredible grief but not hate. The response to so much hate has been love." - Rehanna Ali, Co-ordinator of Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand from Christchurch while speaking in Christchurch.
"You are us, we are you. We stand together, we are one and the same." - Phil Goff, at the Auckland vigil in Aotea Square, 16 March.
"This act is going to be part of our history forever... but the legacy the act leaves is up to us. We can't change the terrible event that happened but we can change what happens after." - Paul Hopkinson, an organiser of a public forum held in Christchurch by EduAction and the Canterbury Progressive Network.
This post on Reddit New Zealand:
"We must find the right balance between internet freedom and the need to protect New Zealanders, especially the young and vulnerable, from harmful content. Social media companies and hosting platforms that enable the sharing of user-generated content with the public have a legal duty of care to protect their users and wider society by preventing the uploading and sharing of content such as this video." - An open letter to Facebook, Twitter and Google from Vodafone NZ, Spark and 2degrees which have suspended access to websites hosting the gunman's video footage.
Tonight, thousands gathered at the Wellington Vigil for Christchurch.— NZ Human Rights Commission (@NZHumanRights) March 17, 2019
We stand together in unity. We stand beside Christchurch and Muslim New Zealanders in peace, solidarity and humanity.
📷 Johnson Raela pic.twitter.com/V5YduKA1yV
“The amount we have raised is overwhelming and reflects the tragedy’s widespread ripple effect and the human desire to help others in need. New Zealand and the world are in mourning.” - Victim Support Chief Executive Kevin Tso on the $6.7 million (and counting) donated to victims affected by the attacks via Givealittle.
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