Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Auckland united in silence

Auckland united in silence

The Mayor is encouraging all Aucklanders to pause and join the rest of the nation in two minutes silence at 12.51pm tomorrow, to show respect for those affected by the Christchurch earthquake.

Len Brown will be attending an ecumenical prayer service at Parnell’s Holy Trinity Cathedral to offer prayers and show support for the people of Christchurch and Canterbury. The Mayor will offer a message of support on behalf of the people of Auckland.

“Our fellow Kiwis have lost family members, friends, homes and livelihoods. As Aucklanders and New Zealanders, we want to send the people of Christchurch a united message of support and love.”

“All comers are welcome to the service, but wherever you are in Auckland at 12.51pm, please stop and remember the tragedy Christchurch is going through. You may want to take a moment in your local church, mosque, temple or synagogue, step outside in a local park, or just be still where you are.”

The Very Reverend Jo Kelly-Moore, Dean of Auckland Cathedral of the Holy Trinity says the damage to Christchurch Cathedral continues to be a poignant symbol for everyone of the grief and suffering of the people of Christchurch and Canterbury since the earthquake.

“We are also very aware how this has impacted every New Zealand community in some way. Our hearts and prayers go out to them all. Together with the other Anglican cathedrals around Aotearoa New Zealand, we are glad to offer this opportunity for people to gather to offer our prayers together for them. As we keep silence at 12.51 around our land, we remember those who have died and, with hope, commit ourselves to ongoing support for the journey ahead.”

Later in the week, Aucklanders wanting to send messages of support to Christchurch can write them in condolence books which will be distributed to libraries and council service centres around Auckland.

Ends

Editors’ notes:

• The service at Holy Trinity Cathedral starts at 12.30pm and runs until shortly after 1pm. It will conclude with the opportunity for people to light a candle. All Aucklanders, irrespective of faith, are welcome.

• Auckland Council is encouraging its staff around Auckland to stand outside their buildings at 12.51pm and observe the silence. Staff based in the council buildings around Aotea Square are invited to join CEO Doug McKay and senior managers near the flagpoles outside the Aotea Centre (please note that many areas of Aotea Square are currently being set up for the Auckland Festival).

• All advice received by the council strongly recommends that the best way for people to help the Christchurch earthquake relief effort is to donate what they can afford to appeals such as the Red Cross Appeal.

• Auckland Council Civil Defence has deployed the following personnel to Christchurch to date:
o 30 building inspectors
o 34 engineers
o 22 emergency response staff plus support vehicles
o 11 civil defence staff
o 7 Watercare staff plus contractors and equipment including a mobile water chlorination plant.

• Auckland Council has committed an immediate $1.5 million to the relief effort, and has pledged ongoing staff support and expertise during the next 12 months.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

In the end, Mr Pragmatic calmly read the signs of impending defeat and went out on his own terms. You could use any number of clichés to describe Peter Dunne’s exit from Parliament.

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>

ALSO:

Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>

ALSO:

Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election