Christchurch expresses condolences following the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand

The Mayor of Christchurch, Councillor Lesley Dedman, is leading a sincere message of condolence from the council to the borough’s twinned town in New Zealand. Christchurch in Dorset has been twinned with Christchurch, New Zealand since 1975 and the two places share a strong history.

Cllr Lesley Dedman, Mayor of Christchurch, said: “The borough of Christchurch is deeply saddened by the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand. We share a strong affinity with Christchurch, New Zealand, despite the miles that divide our twinned towns.

“Personally, I would also like to offer support to Lianne Dalziel, the current Mayor. This is a very dark time for the City of Christchurch and her message to ensure that this dreadful attack unites, and doesn’t divide us, is echoed in her twinned town in the UK.”

Sincere and heartfelt condolences are being sent, by councillors and officers, to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives.

As a mark of respect, the flag of Christchurch, New Zealand is being flown at half-mast outside the Civic Offices.