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We are one- we are together

Wairoa National Rememberance Day 2019

The Wairoa community came together last Friday morning for the National Remembrance Service which was live-streamed at the Gaiety Theatre.

Around 25 people attended the service including members of Wairoa’s Muslim community.

Wairoa District Council Deputy Mayor Denise Eaglesome-Karekare welcomed people on behalf of Mayor Craig Little who was attending the Trustpower Community awards in Tauranga.

Mrs Eaglesome-Karekare said March 15, the day of the terror attack in Christchurch, will always be remembered with sadness.

“We as a community, and as a country, are reaffirming our values of aroha and manaaki.

“We see and hear our Prime Minister leading our country in solidarity.

“She uses the phrase Tatau Tatau – we are one, we are together.

“We in Wairoa hold firm to this as this phrase, it originates from here in this place, in this community.

“The dining hall of my marae, Takitimu is named Tatau Tatau, and this is an important place to our community and our people.

“It is a place for our whole community, for all our peoples, where we are able to come together to celebrate who we are as a people and as a community.”

1 April 2019

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