Vigils Planned for Friday 22nd March

Tomorrow will mark one week since the terrorist attack against the Muslim community in Christchurch. It will also be the first time Kiwi Muslims return to Jummah prayers since the attack.

There will be events around the country to remember those who lost their lives. Here at AUT, there will be a vigil on Friday 22nd from 12-2pm at the Hikuwai Plaza on the City Campus. AUTSA will host a BBQ, and there will be a minute of silence at 1.40pm.

A similar event is planned for the North Campus in the AF foyer, with an AUTSA BBQ at 12 noon and a minutes’ silence at 1:40pm.

At the South Campus an Azan/Adhan (Call to Prayer) will be broadcast at 1.40pm. Following prayers, all staff and students are invited to a gathering beginning at 2.30pm in the MH Building.

Our AUT Muslim community have invited women to wear a head-scarf at these events as a mark of support, should they choose.

There are also lots of other vigils planned around Auckland and the rest of the country, including a Jummah Remembrance Vigil at the Auckland Domain from 6-7pm.

AUT’s reflection spaces are open all week for those wishing to write notes or remembrances, share thoughts, and learn about Islam. The locations are:

  • South Campus: MB 316
  • North Campus: AF113 – Foyer area
  • City Campus: WG Level 3– Foyer opposite Newsfeed

Each of these spaces have staff in attendance, condolence books and boards to write and share thoughts.

Our counselling services are also available for students who would like support as we come to grips with the tragedy.  These include:

AUT is working closely with the NZ Police, who have a roving presence at our AUT Masjid (Muslim prayer room) and other similar places in the CBD.  New Zealand’s Emergency Services number is 111.

Our own security team is also available on each campus. If you have any safety and security concerns, these can be reported on x9997 or 0800 AUT SAFE (0800 288 7233).

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