President Konrote offers his condolences to Christchurch victims

President Jioji Konrote and First Lady Sarote Konrote with the Fijian community in Christchurch. Picture: SUPPLIED

A NATIONAL Remembrance Service was held at Hagley Park on Friday last week in Christchurch for those killed and injured in the March 15 shooting.

Fiji’s High Commissioner to NZ Filimone Waqabaca accompanied President Jioji Konrote and First Lady Sarote Konrote who joined New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and other dignitaries in support for the victims

The visit was an opportunity for Mr Konrote to express support and condolences to the people of Christchurch and the Government of New Zealand.

Fijian community leaders in Christchurch acknowledged the presence of Mr Konrote as a major boost to their morale that complemented the assistance of the Fiji High Commission to families directly affected by the shooting.

Later that day, the Fiji High Commission partnered with the Fijian community in Christchurch to welcome the President in a show of solidarity across cultural and religious lines at the Sanatan Hall in Christchurch.

President of the Canterbury Fijian Association, Sulio Vuniamatana said the Presidential visit meant a lot to Fijians in Christchurch as they never expected Fiji’s Head of State to visit them.

Mr Konrote reiterated that his office and the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama had reacted immediately offering condolences and support to the New Zealand Government and the people of Christchurch.

“Please remember the families and individuals affected by the Christchurch shooting. For those of you suffering the loss of immediate family members, my sincere condolences to you and your family.”

Pundit Rup Prakash of the Shree Sanatan Dharam Pratinidhi Sabha Christchurch echoed calls by the High Commissioner Filimone Waqabaca for all Fijians regardless of cultural and religious lines to work together for the good of the community.

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