Mayor’s message to ethnic communities
by Mike Isle
Greetings to all our friends in Selwyn’s ethnic communities.
To our Muslim community especially, I extend the deepest sympathy and support from our council and on behalf of the wider Selwyn community.
Friday’s events in Christchurch have shocked us all. This incident goes completely against everything we stand for in New Zealand and Selwyn. We are a welcoming place, opening our community to people of all backgrounds, nationalities, faiths and cultures. We embrace the diversity and richness you have brought to our community, and we are all the better for your presence here.
So today we stand and grieve alongside those who are feeling such deep loss and sadness after this incident.
To all our ethnic and migrant communities, we offer our support and our reassurance that we will continue to work with you and alongside you to build communities where you are welcomed and are safe.
I encourage all Selwyn people to continue to reach out to friends and family, neighbours and visitors, of all backgrounds and cultures, and offer the support, warmth and aroha that make our communities strong. These events do not define us, our love and compassion for one another in the wake of events defines us.
Mayor of Selwyn