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National Remembrance Service at Waitangi Park

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The National Remembrance Service was relayed from Christchurch to Waitangi Park this morning. The Wellington service on the park was opened by Orchestra Wellington with the Pacifica Choir. There was prayer and Mayor Justin Lester spoke before the broadcast started.

The Mayor had urged Wellingtonians to come to Waitangi Park to show their support for the New Zealand Muslim community and the people of Christchurch. “This is our chance to show we are a genuinely diverse capital city and region and that we embrace all faiths and cultures.”

News from WCC – March 27
Access and crowd safety
There will be temporary security fencing around the site. There will be only one entrance point – via the Barnett Street car park beside Te Papa, where the Sunday Harbourside Markets are usually located.

Police and security services will be present during the event. There will be bag checks at the entry point. Please plan for extra time to get into the venue and consider leaving your bag at home or in the office to avoid delays when entering.

Where can I park?
This is a walk-in event and there will be no parking. People are encouraged to walk along the waterfront to the event in order to avoid congestion.

Will there be free parking in the CBD for the event?
No – normal parking rules and times will apply. We are encouraging the public to walk to Waitangi Park.

Will there be extra buses or trains?
No. Please check timetables at Metlink https://www.metlink.org.nz/ if you are planning to use public transport on the day.