Christchurch Mosque Attacks: Maori Leaders Speak

“We know this suffering, this extremism born of racial supremacy, this theft of identity. Send your community our aroha (love) and that we will together prevail over this hate and racism in Aotearoa. It doesn’t belong in Aotearoa. We fight it every day and we vow to fight it even more.


We want to stand together with our Muslim brothers and sisters and denounce this clearly as an extreme form of the racism that is actually prevalent across our land. We will continue to struggle for peace and justice in Aotearoa and offer our deep heartfelt sympathy for your pain.

To be clear, we will not accept this as an insult to mental health or an isolated crazy-man.

Hatred is promoted, tolerated and disseminated in this country everyday and our work against it is labelled as waste of time by many people in charge of this country. We face hostility every time we go out to struggle for peace and justice.

We vow to continue our struggle. Our deepest sympathy and love to your whanau and community.

Lastly, we plea to all your people young and old to stand hopeful that we will overcome these oppressive and racist forces in our land. Retain your hope, you mana and your well-being.

Mauri ora.