SIAFD responds to mosque attacks

by Mike Isle

The following is the statement received from 2019 South Island Agricultural Field Days Organising Committee chairman Rodney Hadfield.

On behalf of the organising committee of the South Island Agricultural Field Days, we wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of those victims of the tragic shootings that took place in Christchurch on Friday, March 15.

We acknowledge that the Muslim community are an important part of the agricultural industry and many of us have employees, employers and friends that have been affected by this tragedy.

After liaising with local police and our health and safety providers, we have made the decision to proceed with holding the 2019 South Island Agricultural Field Days at Kirwee next week.

We have added extra security measures such as installed security cameras and more lighting, and we will work with the police if they have further suggestions. We will be observing a minute’s silence at noon on Wednesday, March 27 out of respect to those New Zealanders who lost their lives last Friday.

Rodney Hadfield

2019 SIAFD Organising Committee Chairman