Clearly, what has occurred right here is a unprecedented and unprecedented act of violence.
Lots of those that can have been straight affected by this capturing could also be migrants to New Zealand, they might even be refugees right here. They’ve chosen to make New Zealand their dwelling, and it’s their dwelling.
They’re us. The one who has perpetuated this violence towards us will not be. They don’t have any place in New Zealand. There isn’t a place in New Zealand for such acts of maximum and unprecedented violence, which it’s clear this act was.
For now, my ideas, and I’m positive the ideas of all New Zealanders, are with those that have been affected, and likewise with their households.
My ideas additionally to these in Christchurch, who’re nonetheless coping with an unfolding state of affairs. The recommendation from police continues to be that individuals stay indoors. I acknowledge that that will imply that some households are separated, however please proceed to pay attention out for info because it involves gentle that’s been straight offered by the New Zealand Police with additional info.
However as I say, please stay in lockdown. We’re doubtlessly nonetheless coping with an evolving state of affairs. And once more, as I say, throughout a number of websites. Please be assured, although, the police are actively managing the state of affairs. Christchurch Hospital is devoted to treating those that are arriving on the hospital as we communicate as nicely.
As quickly as I depart right here, I will likely be returning straight on a flight to Wellington. Companies are already convening in Wellington. I will likely be seeking to meet with them as quickly as I land. It’s my expectation that when I arrive and have been briefed, I intend to talk once more publicly after that time. I’m completely happy to take questions.”