Staff and students pay respect to victims of Christchurch shootings

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Staff and students on the Concourse at the Manawatū campus

Hundreds of Massey University staff and students gathered across all three campuses last Friday to pay tribute to the victims of the Christchurch shootings.

In a sign of solidarity, staff and students congregated around the Peace columns at Auckland, the Concourse at the Manawatū campus, and on the grass outside Tussock Café at Wellington, just before a call to prayer was broadcast nationwide at 1.30pm. This was then followed by a two-minute silence at 1.32pm.

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From left to right, Director international relations Michael O’Shaughnessy, Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas, Professor Sheila Stearns, former President of the University of Montana, and her husband Professor Stearns, also of the University of Montana.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas says: “Last Friday, we all stood together against hate and showed our solidarity for all those affected by the terror attacks in Christchurch.  

‘’It was a very moving experience, a show of love and solidarity, and I would like to thank all the staff and students who helped organise the events.”


Staff and students at the Auckland campus


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