We stand together

National leader Simon Bridges

Simon Bridges
Via e-mail

Our country is in mourning, and my heart goes out to the people of Christchurch.

The events of yesterday were an unprovoked attack on the very freedoms we hold dear, and we condemn those who would use violence and atrocity against our fellow brothers and sisters.

To the victims, their families and friends, and the wider community, know that we stand with you. We share your pain, grief, and outrage that this has happened to you in your home.

No one in our country should live in fear. No matter their race, religion or beliefs.

Terrorism and extremism have no place in New Zealand, and together we will defend the Kiwi values of peace, compassion, and hope that we all share. We stand ready to support the government in any way we can.

I want to pay tribute to the hardworking emergency services on the ground in Christchurch, particularly the New Zealand Police, St John Ambulance, and hospital staff. Your bravery represents the very best of our country in our time of need.

For those that need any assistance, I urge you to get in touch with the mental health helpline ‘Need to Talk’ by calling 0800 1737 1737 or texting 1737, or by calling Victim Support on 0800 842 846.

A give-a-little page has also been setup to support the victims of the attack, you can find it here.

Please take this time to talk with family, check on your neighbours, and reach out to friends. The safety, security, and support of our community is paramount.