Local Heart, Global Soul

March 17, 2019

Mate, …We Got Your Back.

Filed under: CHRISTCHURCH,LIFE,NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

A cowardly attack by someone armed with an automatic weapon against innocent, unarmed people on their knees in prayer.
What chance did these peaceful people have?

The perpetrator livestreamed innocent peoples last moments of life as he murdered them, how low can a human being go?

Human being is too good a word, calling him one casts a shadow over all of humanity who find this utterly deplorable. This coward is a monster.

Apparently according to his manifesto the thought that a little out of the way place like New Zealand was immune to this kind of thing, was precisely the reason why Christchurch, New Zealand was *chosen* for this attack.

This coward of a perpetrator wanted that people felt that nowhere in the world was safe.

R.I.P. the poor souls who only wanted to pray peacefully: you didn’t in any way, shape or form deserve this.

My condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the victims: our tears flow with yours, we feel angry and outraged, disturbed that this awful thing has happened.

We want to show unity, we want to let you know that you do not stand alone in this terrible moment of darkness.

I do not utter the name of the coward who did this: let his name be deleted from the history books, let his name be nothing but a redacted black rectangle on the page.

Let instead the spotlight of these days and history be shone on the victims of this rampage and the good things they were doing in their lives and in this world. Let us grieve for them together, let us show solidarity, let us be the shoulder you can cry on, the one you can talk to, the one with whom we can share prayers.

It’s not:us” and “them

It is:You‘ and “Me‘, and we together are Kiwi’s (Readers may insert the name of your people here.) no matter where we live. Stay strong brothers and sisters. When enough good people stand united, fear and hate will never bring us down. Not when we know that no matter what happens, our mates have our back. We are all in the same boat. Let us always steer towards Peace.


  1. Reblogged this on NANMYKEL.COM and commented:

    Comment by Nan Mykel — March 17, 2019 @ 1:16 am | Reply

    • Nan,
      Thank You for the re-blog and kind words.. you have some thought provoking articles on your blog too 🙂

      Comment by kiwidutch — March 17, 2019 @ 10:26 am | Reply

  2. A monster indeed. I agree with you completely, his name should not be uttered. I’m really impressed too, with the response of Jacinda Ardern. She, like you, doesn’t want his name to be said.
    Such a beautiful post, Kiwidutch.

    Comment by sarsm — March 19, 2019 @ 10:57 am | Reply

    • Sarsm,

      Thank You for your kind words, this attack, in the city I grew up in and know well, struck home in a really, really personal way.

      The pain and tears that hit me are because innocent people did not have a chance, worse they were on their knees praying, in a defenceless position.

      It doesn’t matter if this happened in a mosque, church or synagogue, they were innocent people going about their business, practicing their faith … Peacefully.
      No-one of any faith doing this deserves this.

      When I heard the news yesterday that Jacinda Ardern refuses to utter the perpetrators name I yelled out “FINIALLY!!!!!!” I am so happy that The Prime Minister “gets” that NOT giving monsters like this the notoriety they crave and NOT getting their names in the history books is a BIG part of reducing attacks like this.

      Jacinda Ardern gains more and more of my respect with her every response to this terrible event, I can only hope that she can also introduce laws banning the Media from printing or uttering the monsters names, and lead the way in the world to try and strip these “evil nobodies” from gaining their 15 minutes or more of fame.

      Comment by kiwidutch — March 20, 2019 @ 6:02 am | Reply

  3. I thought of you when I heard the news, I was sure it was your hometown. It must have been so shocking and upsetting to hear in on the news. There is something very cowardly and evil about someone who particularly searches out people who are unable to defend themselves.

    You and Jacinda Ardern are the only New Zealanders I “know” and I think that if you two are anything to go by New Zealand must be a warm, caring, special place.

    There are so many leaders who I think, should not be leaders at the moment. So many who seek power and are just interested in their own personal gain. Jacinda Ardern’s actions have shown she has what it takes to be a true leader and she restores one’s faith in humankind.

    I completely agree on your point about notoriety. Let’s focus on the victims. And let’s focus on the heroes. Because there are always heroes.

    Comment by sarsm — March 20, 2019 @ 10:58 am | Reply

    • Sarsm,
      This attack cut to my heart and bought tears to my eyes, not just once but many times. It was WRONG no matter who was praying ad who was shooting. yes I was shocked, I mean this is the city and culture I grew up in and it’s just so so foreign to me, and Kiwi’s in general.

      A Dutch relative went to NZ with his family on holiday years ago and drove to Te Anau, in the south of the South Island which has a single road in and out. He’s used to European traffic and they didn’t see another car for ages, he said he was sweating the whole time and than he was thinking ” what if we break down in the wilderness? we could die here!’. he even sounded genuinely worried when he was telling me!

      It took everything I had not to laugh out loud, I have traveled rural NZ a lot and know that it’s a Kiwi thing to stop and check if people are ok, to help out one another in these situations. NO-ONE would leave you by the side of the road stranded !!! It’s a different mentality. I am far from perfect but I hope I still have this in me every day. NZ is a more relaxed way of life than here in Europe, the thought of idiots like this trying to ruin this angers me too. Not so easy idiot. kiwis are tougher and stronger than that.
      Your comment is beautiful, (thank you for the compliment (blush) I hope that a majority of Kiwi’s feel the same) You are on the button, many leaders should e taking a leaf out Jacinda’s book. And Yes… there are always heroes.

      I liked Jacinda Ardern before this happened, my admiration has gone up even more over her handling of this, also the speed of her actions Vis-à-vis those of Trump when terrible shootings happen in the USA.

      Comment by kiwidutch — March 26, 2019 @ 7:09 pm | Reply

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