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


‘We are one whānau’ – Lincoln student president

The Lincoln University community is reeling from last Friday’s devastating terror attacks in Christchurch and offering as much support and solace as possible to students, staff, alumni, partners and friends.

Sadly, the university is likely to have lost members of its whānau. Further details will be provided when all victims have been formally identified.

A memorial service was held yesterday on campus, with Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Bruce McKenzie expressing his shock and sorrow at the apparent passing of members of the Lincoln family.

“In my 39 years in New Zealand and my 37 years at Lincoln University, I never considered that one day I might be offering my Lincoln whānau words of comfort a few days after a senseless attack on my family,” he said.

“The Lincoln University community truly is a big family. We love each other, we always look after each other and we embrace our diversity and many cultures. When I first came to Lincoln, I was welcomed with open arms.

“This is absolutely not the New Zealand that I know and love.”

Professor McKenzie directly addressed Lincoln University’s Muslim community, asserting that they could count on the support and love of the entire Lincoln family.

“We stand right next to you,” he said. “We value you on our campus for your knowledge, experience, hard work, friendship, culture and religion. Your presence here makes our campus stronger.”

Lincoln University Students’ Association President Kristy Havill also spoke to the crowd, directing a message specifically to students.

“To us, you are not just students, but you are our family. We are all one whānau,” she said.

“He thought he could break us, divide us, and drive a wedge between us. But he was wrong. He doesn’t know who we are as Kiwis, as residents of Canterbury. Earthquakes couldn’t defeat us and this won’t either.

“On this day, remember those we have lost and stand together as students of Lincoln University. It’s not my Lincoln, it’s not your Lincoln, it’s our Lincoln.”

The university is providing support to all who may need it, with trained counsellors at the Student Health Centre, a dedicated team of Chaplains, drop-in sessions for students and Employee Assistance Programme services for staff.

Those who require help can also email a Lincoln-based support service and receive immediate guidance.

A 24-hour security patrol remains in operation on the Lincoln campus to ensure the safety of students and staff.

For those who would like to donate to the Lincoln University Muslim Association, please contact the Lincoln University Students’ Association President, Kristy Havill at president@lusa.org.nz

If members of the community have any queries or wish to offer support, they should email LUSupport@lincoln.ac.nz.

A Give A Little Page is also being set up. Details will be available on the Lincoln University website.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Ellen Rykers on The Dig: Community Conservation – The Solution To The Biodiversity Crisis?

There are backyard trapping networks doing their bit for Predator Free 2050, farmers planting native trees along their waterways, and iwi protecting whenua rāhui. There are 62 biodiversity sanctuaries across 56,000 hectares, with around two-thirds of them community-led. There are citizen scientists counting birds in their backyards and landowners conserving habitat in 3,500 Queen Elizabeth II National Trust covenants.

It’s increasingly clear that a government agency alone cannot combat the biodiversity crisis successfully. These grass-roots initiatives are a growing resource in the conservation toolbox. More>>

Closing This Weekend! Have Your Say On The Issues For NZ's New Biodiversity Strategy

Scoop and PEP invite you to help decide how we should protect and restore our biodiversity over the next 50 years using Scoop’s online engagement platform, HiveMind. HAVE YOUR SAY HERE>>

Biodiversity HiveMind Preliminary Progress Report - Read Report Here>>


PM In Japan: Jacinda Ardern’s Remarks Following Abe Summit

Today we discussed a wide range of topics. Broadly the themes were: a deeper, high-value trade and investment relationship, greater cooperation in the Pacific; and strengthening our security partnership. More>>


Replacing All But Chair: Twyford Appoints Five NZTA Board Members

Transport Minister Phil Twyford today announced the appointment of five new members to the NZ Transport Agency Board... There remain two vacancies on the NZTA Board which will be filled in due course. More>>


Climate Change: Adaptation And Risk Assessment Framework Released

“We are already experiencing the effects of a changing climate such as coastal inundation and increasingly frequent and severe droughts, floods, fires and storms. This framework is an acknowledgement that we must start adapting”, James Shaw said today. More>>


Ihumātao: Mana Whenua Reach Decision On Land

Māori King Tūheitia says mana whenua have finally reached consensus over what to do with Ihumātao - they want it back. More>>


PM To Japan, New York: Ardern To Meet Trump During UN Trip

“I’m looking forward to discussing a wide range of international and regional issues with President Trump, including our cooperation in the Pacific and the trade relationship between our countries." More>>

PM's Post-Cab: "A Way Forward"

At Monday's post-cabinet press conference, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a number of actions in response to the Labour Party's mishandling of sexual assault complaints. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Allegations Of Left Wing Media Bias

“Left wing bias” accusations date back at least to the mid 1990s... The charge of left wing bias was ridiculous then, and is ridiculous now. More>>

Next Wave Of Reforms: Gun Registration And Licensing Changes Announced

“The Bill includes a register to track firearms and new offences and penalties that can be applied extraterritorially for illegal manufacture, trafficking, and for falsifying, removing, or altering markings – which are a new requirement under the Firearms Protocol.” More>>





InfoPages News Channels