At 8am, a special Commissioner’s Parade honoured the victims of that horrific attack, which claimed 50 lives and impacted upon the lives of so many more, in New Zealand and around the world.
The prayer service was led by Police Chaplain, Senior Sergeant Ngatamariki Pouao, who paid spiritual tribute to the fallen Mosque worshippers as the national flag was lowered to half-mast in their memory. In paying respects to those families who lost their loved ones in Christchurch last week, Police Commissioner Maara Tetava had offered support to colleagues in the New Zealand Police, who had to deal with what NZ Commissioner Bush has labelled the biggest criminal investigation they have ever undertaken.
Commissioner Tetava took a moment to reflect on our own tragic event in 2016, which claimed three lives because of a shooting.
“We pray that this type of event will never happen again in New Zealand or in our country. But if it does we must be ready to respond the best way we can.”
The commissioner vowed to continue building the knowledge and skills to ensure the police are ready to respond whenever the need arose.