26/03/2019 12:00:00 a.m.
26 March 2019
This Friday, 29 March, Whanganui District Council will livestream a National Remembrance Service to commemorate 50 people who lost their lives in the Christchurch terrorist attack.
Last week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the service would be held in Hagley Park, Christchurch, and has invited councils around New Zealand to simultaneously livestream it.
People are invited to gather at 9.30am on Friday, 29 March at the Davis Lecture Theatre, Whanganui Regional Museum to hear a short address from Cr Josh Chandulal-Mackay, members of the local Muslim community and iwi leaders. Following that, the livestream will take place from 10.00 to 11.00am.
In Christchurch, it is expected global leaders of the Muslim community will join local leaders at the service.
“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,” Prime Minister 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,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.