April 26, 2019

Reflective Day

I have felt particularly tearful today. On one hand so pleased that Prince William has visited Christchurch, again. To quote the Duke, "A good friend doesn't pick up the phone when people are in need, you travel to their place and put your arms around them".
This is his third visit, maybe even the fourth, since the earthquakes.

On the other hand, I drove past one of the mosques affected on my way to work and felt a huge wave of sadness that our beautiful city should need to be visited again due to yet another devastating event that has caused so man lives to be lost.

I am proud of the way Christchurch and the rest of New Zealand have responded to the recent events here, but seeing Sri Lanka endure their recent tragedy has reminded us the battle is always too close.

Thank you for visiting us today.
His speech today at the Al Noor Mosque made me cry again - you can see and read it here: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/387841/prince-william-meets-shooting-victims-at-al-noor-mosque-hate-will-fail-to-divide-us

I was also very moved at the visit to the hospital to visit Alen Alsati and the mention of Princess Charlotte yesterday. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?

Alen Alsati has come out of her coma which is great news - wishing her all the best for her road to recovery - https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12224687

The live blog of the visit is at: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/christchurch-shooting/112267129/live-prince-william-visits-mosque-attack-victims-in-christchurch-kate-middleton-prince-harry-hospital-visit

So I just wanted to post this - as a record. Sometimes history just unfolds right in front of you. I don't want to forget or fail to appreciate the momentous occasions that happen while our everyday life just seems to carry on. These are the events that can change attitudes and reactions internationally - so I thought I would share this one too.

March 30, 2019

Two weeks on

The memorial service was held yesterday for the victims of the Mosque shootings.
The full article is here;


And I feel this montage video captures the mood of the city and hopefully the country.

I am shocked and saddened by the events that have happened - but there is hope.

Our city is patrolled by heavily armed police, the helicopter circling above all night - but there have been vigils and services and marches and quiet moments of remembrance happening everywhere.  A profound change in attitude is happening -  we hope it will continue in memory of those that were killed that day.
The full speech from PM Jacinda Ardern is here https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/29/jacinda-arderns-speech-at-christchurch-memorial-full-transcript


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