Friday, 15 March 2019

15th March 2019

So here we were - as far away from home as we'd ever been - in Auckland, New Zealand. We checked in to our hotel and went to explore. The weather was beautiful, the city seemed to have a nice vibe, and we weren't feeling the jet-lag too much. We wandered around and started to get our bearings, saw some schoolkids out protesting about climate change and saw some guys in a shop window having their heads shaved for charity. So far, so normal-ish.

Back at the hotel, we started to get ready to go out later and switched on the TV to find out what was going on in the world. To our shock, 475 miles south of us in this usually peaceful country, a horrific terrorist atrocity was occurring - to the disbelief of the news reporters on our screen.

Since then, so much has been said and written over here, and across the world, about what happened in Christchurch on New Zealand's Darkest Of Days. A quote from local author Michael King, written in 2003, and displayed on a cottage in which he used to write, sums up the solidarity with all their citizens that we've seen New Zealanders demonstrate during our short stay.

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