Statement from the Governor-General on Ashburton Shootings
Statement from the
The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon
Sir Jerry Mateparae, has expressed his deep shock following
the shooting of three people in Ashburton today.
and I extend our condolences to the families affected by
this tragic event. Our thoughts are also with the people of
Ashburton as events unfold down there,” Sir Jerry
Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry
Mateparae GNZM, QSO
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