Ceremonial service in Mandurah in response to Christchurch attack

Taressa Schurmann, Morehu Heta-Tohu, James Tioro, David Schumacher and Jo Matthews are organising a ceremonial service in Mandurah on Thursday.
Taressa Schurmann, Morehu Heta-Tohu, James Tioro, David Schumacher and Jo Matthews are organising a ceremonial service in Mandurah on Thursday.

PEOPLE of all cultures are invited to a ceremonial service in Mandurah to remember those who died in the Christchurch mosque attack.

City of Mandurah Councillor Dave Schumacher, who is from Christchurch, said the aim of the ceremony would be to bring people together.

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“It will enable residents to express their condolences and to show their support to the families of the New Zealand victims,” he said. “The atrocities carried out against our brothers and sisters around the world based on religious or political grounds has truly hit home with me personally.

“New Zealand is one land, one people.

“We need to be one earth, one people.”

Co-ordinator James Tioro said people would be attending the Mandurah ceremony from all over Perth and Bunbury.

“It will be all-inclusive,” he said.

“We will be coming together as one.”

Mr Tioro said Aboriginal Elder Harry Nannup would perform the Welcome to Country.

Representatives from the Muslim community would say a prayer and New Zealand expatriates would perform a haka.

People wishing to lay flowers as a sign of respect are encouraged to do so inside the rotunda.

WHAT: Ceremonial service
WHERE: Eastern foreshore rotunda, Mandurah Terrace
WHEN: Thursday, March 28 6pm