Our hearts and minds are filled with the love that is evident across Ōtautahi Christchurch. What occurred on Friday 15 March is unlike anything experienced in New Zealand, and in no way reflects the open and tolerant country we call home. We cherish peace and kindness more so than ever.
As a city and a community, Christchurch is strong and inclusive, accepting of all those that have chosen this city as their home.
How Can I Support?
The Great Hall, at the Christchurch Arts Centre on Worcester Blvd, is open as a place of reflection and gathering. All are welcome.
A Remember Those Who Lost Their Lives 15-3-19 vigil will be held in North Hagley Park on Sunday night between 5 and 7pm.
A condolence book has been set up on the ground floor of Tūranga, our central library, where people can leave messages of support and sympathy to those affected by Friday's mosque shootings. Tūranga is open 8am-8pm on weekdays, and 10am-5pm on weekends.
Flowers are being placed at:
- The Botanic Gardens entrance, along Rolleston Ave
- The corner of Deans Ave and Riccarton Rd
- The intersection of Linwood Ave and Aldwins Road intersection
- The intersection of Cashel St and Linwood Ave
At the Mayor's request, the Christchurch Foundation - NZ has established a new fund to help raise money for the ongoing support of the families and Muslim communities impacted by Friday's tragic events.
The fund is called Our People, Our City.
Anyone wishing to contribute to the fund can do so at any TSB branch or by bank transfer to the Foundation’s bank account listed below:
The Christchurch Foundation
Most importantly if you are feeling distressed in the wake of these tragic events, you can call or text 1737 to speak to someone - they will listen with open hearts. Take care of yourselves and each other.
Travel is currently unrestricted in Christchurch, except for some road closures near the incident locations.
Christchurch International Airport
Christchurch International Airport is open and operating. Visit www.ChristchurchAirport.co.nz for flight information. Passengers departing Christchurch are advised to arrive early to allow time for screening by AVIATION SECURITY SERVICES.