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A message from the New Zealand National Committee of the RANZCP

20 March 2019
Tēnā koutou
The New Zealand National Committee (Tu Te Akaaka Roa) of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) views the brutal and racist attack on two mosques in Christchurch as an attack on all citizens of New Zealand.
This has taken the lives of children, siblings, parents, neighbours, friends and co-workers. Each one a loved individual living life in a country that now grieves for their loss; they are our brothers and sisters.
Each wounded person, each family involved, the Muslim community, the city of Christchurch and Aotearoa New Zealand now grieve.
For most, healing will come in time. The entrenched sense of our shared nation being a place of tolerance, aroha and peace will return. But for now we offer our personal and professional support and we grieve.
We know that in the coming days and months many people, those who lost someone in this attack, but also our colleagues who shouldered the immediate impact of the shootings, will need our support as they struggle with their shock and loss.
Anyone who needs help should get in contact with the appropriate mental health support service now.
Finally, we acknowledge the work of our colleagues in the acute response to this tragedy as well as our mental health and addiction services who continue to deliver care and support to people of all faiths, all religions, beliefs and backgrounds – people of Christchurch.
This event has strengthened our sense of unity and commitment to the acceptance of difference and brought us as a nation closer together.
He ora te whakapiri.
Strength in unity.
Dr Mark Lawrence
New Zealand National Committee – Tu Te Akaaka Roa
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
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