Monday, 16 September 2019

WHITIANGA WEATHER

We're all Kiwis

More than 200 people gathered at Soldier’s Memorial Park in Whitianga last Saturday evening to show their support for the Muslim community of New Zealand after the horrific mosque shootings in Christchurch on Friday last week.

Mike Walker, pastor of the Whitianga Baptist Church, shared a brief message in which he questioned how anyone can believe that they are superior to any other human beings because of their faith. He said that the people of Mercury Bay, and New Zealand as a whole, are united in their love for their Muslim brothers and sisters and the people of Christchurch.

A touching moment followed when the microphone was opened to the public and the first speaker shared her thoughts on being an immigrant in New Zealand. “I have only experienced love from the people of New Zealand,” she said. “I want to say to all the wonderful people of this wonderful country to not feel humiliated by what happened in Christchurch. It was the work of a lunatic. As immigrants we love you. We’re all Kiwis.”

At Mercury Bay Area School, time was set aside on Monday this week to reflect on the events in Christchurch. “This is a terrible event for our nation and we now have a further opportunity to embrace our diversity with aroha [love], understanding, tolerance and positive, affirmative mahi [action] - as opposed to the platform of deficit thinking and action which fuels hatred and division,” said John Wright, MBAS principal.

“This is a highly significant time in our country’s history. We all belong, we are all part of our tribe in this nation and it is our youngest folks who will make our nation strong with quality understanding of tragedies like this.”

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The Mercury Bay Informer is a highly popular community newspaper, based in Whitianga. The paper is distributed throughout the Coromandel Peninsula, coast to coast from Thames to north of Colville.