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Kia ora Readers,
Like most New Zealanders, I’m still shocked and reeling in disbelief at the events that occurred in Christchurch. My sincerest condolences to those who have lost family and friends in Friday’s attacks.
Over the weekend, I’ve read analysis of the alleged killer’s social media presence, including his live-streaming of the most violent act we have ever experienced in New Zealand. Questions are rightly being asked about how this act was not anticipated by intelligence services and how he could live-stream such an atrocity.
Censorship, free speech, accountability and responsibility are important issues, which along with gun law, will be closely examined in the weeks ahead. But let’s pause for a moment and acknowledge our overwhelming reaction of compassion, inclusiveness and echoing our Prime Minister’s words #TheyAreUs. Online, we have collectively rejected hate and shared a strong message of peace.
In the midst of the tragedy, we have also been able to connect with families and friends in ways that have previously not been possible. This includes tagging ourselves safe and connecting on social media with others, united in grief. Technology has also provided ways to offer support and donate to those affected.
So what more can we do? I have just used the wonderful crowdfunding platform, Givealittle, to donate to the official Christchurch victim support fund. If every one of the 5,000 people who read this email today makes a contribution, it will help make a difference.
I am also going to add my voice to the call for sanity regarding our gun laws. As many New Zealand Governments have found in recent decades, it isn’t easy to change gun laws in New Zealand. Change is only possible if the public outcry drowns out the gun lobby. So sign this petition, shout out your support on social media and tag in the PM, so she knows you care.
Kia kaha Christchurch.
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