A ‘Commemorative Reflection’ ceremony in remembrance of the victims of the Christchurch mosque attacks and their families was held alongside the fruit-bearing olive tree planted a year ago to mark the day the attacks took place.
Unitec Tumu & Executive Director of Student Success, Glenn Mckay, opened the event with his own remembrance karakia, while Unitec School of Applied Business staff member, Munawwar Naqvi, gave a reading from the Koran.
More readings, words and prayers celebrating diversity, unity, love and solidarity were offered by Unitec’s Muslim Chaplain Sheikh Rafat Najm, Unitec Chaplaincy and Multi-Faith Service Coordinator Ricky Waters, as well as staff and students present at the event. Sheikh Rafat Najm shared some words from the Prophet Muhammad - "spread peace, feed the hungry, and connect to each other."
The ceremony closed with a two-minute silence and personal reflection time.