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  • As-salaam alaikum.

  • On a quiet Friday afternoon, a man stormed into a place of peaceful worship and took away the lives of 50 people.

  • That quiet Friday afternoon has become our darkest of days.

  • Mr Speaker, there is one person at the centre of this terror attack against our Muslim community in New Zealand.

  • A 28-year-old man, an Australian citizen, has been charged with one count of murder. Other charges will follow.

  • He will face the full force of the law in New Zealand.

  • The families of the fallen will have justice.

  • He sought many things from his act of terror but one was notoriety and that is why you will never hear me mention his name.

  • He is a terrorist.

  • He is a criminal.

  • He is an extremist.

  • But he will, when I speak, be nameless.

  • And to others, I implore you, speak the names of those who were lost, rather than the name of the man who took them.

  • He may have sought notoriety but we in New Zealand will give him nothing, not even his name.

  • Yes, the person who committed these acts was not from here.

  • He was not raised here, he did not find his ideology here but that is not to say that those very same views do not live here.

  • I know that as a nation we wish to provide every comfort we can to our Muslim community in this darkest of times.

  • We cannot know your grief but we can walk with you at every stage.

  • We can and we will surround you with aroha, manaakitanga and all that makes us us.

  • Our hearts are heavy but our spirit is strong.

  • We wish for every member of our communities to also feel safe.

  • Safety means being free from the fear of violence.

  • But it also means being free from the fear of those sentiments of racism and hate that create a place where violence can flourish and every single one of us has the power to change that.

  • On Friday it will be a week since the attack.

  • Members of the Muslim community will gather for worship on that day.

  • Let us acknowledge their grief as they do.

  • Let's support them as they gather again for worship.

  • We are one. They are us.

  • Tatou tatou.

As-salaam alaikum.

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