“An outpouring of love” is how Jacinda Ardern has described the response to the terrorist attack on two Christchurch mosques.
In Wellington a vigil at Basin Reserve on Sunday evening attracted a crowd estimated at 11,000, filling the banks and the ground. But from early on Saturday morning the focus was the Wellington Islamic Centre and mosque, prosaically next to the Z service station in Kilbirnie.
Wellington’s Sunday evening vigil, organised by the Wellington City Council along with Wellington Interfaith Council, the Wellington Multicultural Council and ChangeMakers Resettlement Forum, was originally planned to take place in Civic Square. But mid-morning, the venue was switched to Basin Reserve when it became clear that a larger turnout than expected was likely.