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Auckland stands with Christchurch

Published: 18 March 2019

UPDATED: Sunday 24 March

Mayor Phil Goff visits mosques

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff joined thousands of Aucklanders on Friday and through the weekend visiting mosques in attending vigils remembering those who tragically lost their lives in the Christchurch shootings.

“After this devastating tragedy, it is incredibly important that we reaffirm our belief in a nation where people are free to follow their faith and express their cultural identity," he says.

“This is a time for us to confirm our support for a multi-cultural and multi-faith city and nation.

“Auckland Council is working closely with the police and the central government to ensure public safety. Auckland Emergency Management has been activated, and our Emergency Coordination Centre is operating.

"Auckland has come together to support our Muslim community. The council has also made available condolence books in various locations around Auckland to give Aucklanders the opportunity to express their messages of support for the victims, their families and their community.

"Auckland and New Zealand are places of peace," says Mayor Goff.

"I am more determined than ever to give nothing to racism, and to ensure the world knows that Auckland and New Zealand is wonderfully diverse, where people of all ethnicities and faiths are welcome.”

Condolence books

Condolence books, for people to send messages of support to our Muslim communities and the people of Christchurch, are now available in the locations below.

  • Auckland Town Hall
  • Te Atatū Peninsula Community Centre, 595 Te Atatū Road, Te Atatū Peninsula
  • New Lynn Community Centre, 45 Tōtara Avenue, New Lynn
  • Ellen Melville Centre, 2 Freyberg Place, Auckland
  • Wesley Community Centre, 740 Sandringham Road extension, Sandringham
  • Onehunga Community Centre, 83 Church Street, Onehunga
  • Blockhouse Bay Library, 578 Blockhouse Bay Road
  • Te Puke o Tara Community Centre, 20 Newbury Street, Ōtara
  • О̄rākei Community Centre, 156 Kepa Road, О̄rākei
  • О̄rākei Local Board office, 25 St Johns Road, Meadowbank, Monday to Friday 8.30am-5pm
  • Waiheke Library, 131-133 Ocean View Rd, Oneroa, Waiheke Island
  • Albany Community Hub, 575 Albany Highway, Thursday 21 March to Monday 25 March, 9.30am to 2.30pm.

Beyond this, many libraries have informal displays where people can write messages of support.

More condolence books are being organised and this list will be progressively updated.

Flags at half-mast

All flags on Auckland Council buildings continue to fly at half-mast and many council-run events have been cancelled out of respect for the victims of the tragedy.

Communications response

Auckland Emergency Management staff are working to support the New Zealand Police and the National Crisis Management Centre to coordinate communications with the public, including sharing information between police and other welfare agencies about event cancellations and welfare information.

Other events

We will provide updates about the status of upcoming significant events, including news of any cancellations, as soon as information is confirmed.

Auckland Regional Health Service has advised that Auckland currently has measles cases. If you’re feeling sick with a runny nose, fever, cough or red eyes, you should stay away from public gatherings to prevent putting other people at risk. Find out more here.

Donations

Auckland Council and the Muslim Staff Network are advising staff who want to make donations to support victims of the tragedy to contribute to fundraising pages at LaunchGood and Givealittle. Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has also launched a fund “Our People, Our City” to raise money to support the families and Muslim communities affected by the tragedy.

Auckland Council supports its staff

Auckland Council is working to support its staff following the tragic events in Christchurch.

The council’s Muslim Staff Network met with senior council staff and elected representatives to advise on how staff can best support Muslim colleagues, friends and family members, and the wider community.

Staff from across the council and council-controlled organisations held two-minute’s silence ceremonies, waiata meetings and prayer meetings throughout the week.

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