Wellington Scoop

11,000 at the Basin Reserve for Christchurch vigil

This evening’s public vigil in the wake of the Christchurch terrorist attack was moved to the Basin Reserve, after indications overnight that the large numbers intending to attend would cause capacity problems at Te Ngākau Civic Square – the original intended venue.

“The Basin Reserve has become available overnight – it has more than enough room for everyone wanting to attend,” said Mayor Justin Lester. He said the vigil would give Wellingtonians the opportunity to show their support for the victims and their families, our Muslim community and all citizens of Christchurch.

The council said that 11,000 people attended the vigil.

The event was organised by the Wellington City Council in partnership with the Wellington Interfaith Council, the Wellington Multicultural Council and ChangeMakers Resettlement Forum.

Earlier News from Human Rights Commission
A Wellington Vigil will be held on Sunday at 6pm hosted by the Wellington City Council, the Wellington Interfaith Community, and Changemakers. ‪We will be showing Wellington’s support for the victims and their families, our Muslim community and all citizens of Christchurch.‬ Organisers are asking that people wear something white to the vigil.

Death toll rises to 50

News from Changemakers’ Refugee Forum
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those involved in the tragic events in Christchurch yesterday. To all of our refugee background communities: you are welcome here, you belong here, and you are New Zealanders. We stand together as one to condemn this heartbreaking attack – it has no place in New Zealand.

Community groups in Wellington have come together to organise a vigil for those who have lost their lives. Please arrive from 5:30 pm for a 6:00 pm start.

We encourage any of our community members in Wellington who need support to get in touch with us. Feel free to come into our office on Monday morning from 9:00 am (Level 4, 39 Webb Street), or to contact Lexy on 027 552 5881.


  1. Felix Geiringer, 16. March 2019, 16:04

    I would like to see this marked soon with a special public holiday. A day on which we could honour, atone to, and learn more about NZ’s Muslim community. If it were appropriate, perhaps 3 April (Isra and Mi’raj). [via twitter]

  2. Brian O'Brien, 16. March 2019, 19:12

    I suggest bringing signs stating ‘We are all Muslims’

  3. Don, 17. March 2019, 8:50

    I agree felix

  4. Anne Stevens, 17. March 2019, 14:45

    A public day of mourning is important as it is one of the darkest days in New Zealand’s history.

  5. Dr. ATM Tariquzzaman, 17. March 2019, 15:28

    I suggest to declare a holiday to show respect to the Muslim community and also to reiterate that we must respect each religion. NZ is the most peaceful nation in the world and we all are united.

  6. Bernard C, 17. March 2019, 16:47

    If everyone could take their compassion and apply it to Muslims in their homelandc as well, that would be swell.

  7. roshan, 17. March 2019, 18:40

    Should hold a National Mourning Day in respect to the victims’ funeral. Offices should stop working during the service, public transports stopped, schools closed and we all should join together on that day in respect.
    ” you can kill us but can’t defeat us”

  8. Puawai, 17. March 2019, 19:30

    We could all wear headscarves to show our solidarity, like our PM has done.

  9. Shirley Rankin, 18. March 2019, 1:19

    Thank you for all of these ideas.
    When something awful happens, we all feel overwhelmed and wonder what we could possibly do to have any effect…As a Muslim, I can tell you that the many acts of kindness and support we are receiving and the dozens of messages from friends and co-workers are invaluable – your commitment to us as valued members of the Kiwi family is like a torch piercing the blackness of New Zealand’s darkest day.

  10. Marion Leader, 18. March 2019, 6:33

    It is awful that New Zealand was chosen BECAUSE it is so peaceful and the impact would be so much bigger.
    Congratulations to the wonderful musicians of the NZSO and Orchestra Wellington who gave us such good and appropriate music at such short notice.