To the Multicultural family and friends, especially to our Muslim community, there are absolutely no words to express how much sadness and sorrow we are all feeling right now. We are all shocked by the Christchurch tragedy.
On behalf of the Southland Multicultural Council, we express our sincere sympathies and stand with you together in solidarity. The recent vigil at Wachner Place showed that our community does care and demonstrated how much strength we have as one. SMC is here to support to our Muslim community and indeed everyone who is in need irrespective of race or religion.
Now is the time to show strength in the community and to not become individuals and leave others out. Be a strong community by showing each other love, sympathy, empathy and compassion towards each other. We should show that we are not weak and that we are resilient together as one human race. We are all equal and no one should feel this pain, this burden, this unsettlement, this unsafety within this world. We should be showing respect, not hate to anyone regardless of who they are. We should not tolerate such discriminating behaviour within our society as it is not the act of a human being. Please stand up and speak up against any act that discriminates any person regardless of their colour or by their choice of faith. “GIVE NOTHING TO RACISM”
On 23 March from 10 am to 6 pm at ILT Stadium we were able to celebrate the RACE UNITY DAY themed
”-Our people, our cultures, our languages”-“O tātou iwi, ō tātou ahurea, ō tātou reo” through the Multicultural Food Festival and multicultural performances. It’s was a celebration to embrace cultural diversity within the Southland region. The event went very well and thanks to all the people who came along and participated the event.
I woul like to encourage our community to be vigilant and be safe and always help each other whenever we can to have a peaceful community. Kindly share love, kindness please come and embrace the richness of our cultural diversity here in Southland.
Lastly, we want to convey our condolences to all the families of the victims who faced this tragedy.