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Gatherings in Hutt Valley to mark killings in Christchurch

Press Release – Hutt City Council
Mayor Ray Wallace has today announced there will be a community gathering in Lower Hutt on Wednesday to mark the events in Christchurch and show support for the victims and their families, as well as the local Muslim community. The gathering will take place at the Hutt Recreation Ground from 7pm.

The Hutt City Council has today also opened a book of condolence at the Council Administration Building in Laings Road for anyone wanting to express their condolences.

“We’ve all been shocked and saddened by this extraordinary act of unprecedented violence in Christchurch and we stand united in our grief. I echo others who have said these actions have no place in New Zealand,” he said. “This gathering will give the Lower Hutt community the opportunity to come together to remember those who have died and their families, and to show support for our local Muslim community.”

Press Release – Metlink
Metlink is providing free fares on buses this Wednesday (20 March) as people gather at community events in the Hutt Valley. Free travel on buses will be available from 6pm to 9pm for people attending the events:

• Hutt City Council is holding a gathering at Hutt Recreation Ground, starting at 7pm.

• Upper Hutt City Council and the Multicultural Society are holding a community gathering at the ‘green space’ opposite the Civic Centre and Expressions Whirinaki, starting at 5pm. People will be able to travel home for free from this event.

Traffic is expected to be heavy before and after the events. Metlink advises passengers to check the Metlink website and app before travelling.

Press Release – Kapiti Coast District Council
In response to Friday’s tragic events in Christchurch, the Kāpiti Coast District Council will place condolence books in the District’s libraries for people to leave messages of support and sympathy for those affected by the Christchurch mosque shootings.

Mayor K Gurunathan said condolence books will be available in the Paekākāriki, Paraparaumu, Waikanae pop up and Ōtaki libraries from tomorrow, Tuesday 19 March, until Wednesday 27 March for people to sign during library open hours.

“At a time like this it’s humbling to see our community coming together and rallying round to support the families of those who so tragically lost their lives in Christchurch on Friday. Kindness and solidarity will help get us through this and we shouldn’t let Friday’s barbaric attack define us as a community or a nation.”

Mayor Gurunathan said a number of people have been asking after where they can leave flowers affected by Friday’s tragic events. While there’s no official site, the following locations have been self-identified by the community; the ‘peace pole’ in Paekākāriki, outside the Ōtaki Memorial Hall in Ōtaki, outside the Waikanae Memorial Hall in Waikanae and by the KiwiRiders sculpture off Marine Parade in Paraparaumu Beach.

Donations to support the families and friends most affected by Friday’s tragedy can be made by visiting givealittle or LaunchGood.

For more information about how you can show your support for the people of Christchurch visit www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/whats-on/News/2019/support-for-the-people-of-christchurch/