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15 March anniversary: broadcasting the adhan

Media release: 10 March 2022

Tēnā koe,

Manatū Taonga has been supporting the Christchurch City Council and Ministry for Ethnic Communities’ engagement with community members who were directly impacted by the Christchurch mosque shootings on 15 March 2019. Part of our recent engagement has sought the community’s views on appropriate ways to mark the third anniversary of the attacks.

This year, there will be no public event to mark the anniversary. Instead, community members suggested we invite media organisations to broadcast the adhan (or call to prayer) as an appropriate act of remembrance and symbol of solidarity with New Zealand’s Muslim communities. We are inviting interested media organisations to play a recording of the adhan on Tuesday 15 March 2022 at 1.30pm (or at another prayer time that day that suits your programming).

Please let us know if you’re interested and we’ll send you a recording. If you have any other questions or if we can be of any assistance please do not hesitate to contact [email protected]

Ngā mihi nui

Neill Atkinson

Pou Mataaho o Te Hua (Taupua)

Deputy Chief Executive, Delivery (Acting)

Updated on 10th March 2022