Our innocence went in each one of the single shots that killed 49 Christchurch residents yesterday afternoon. We will never get that back but I hope with all my heart we become like the London I experienced after the train bombings on 7th July 2005. Tough, brave and only a little more wary.
Because terrorists win when we are afraid.
Nature wins when we are afraid.
So we do what human’s have done for centuries, we pick ourselves up and we get back on the Piccadilly Line and go underground. We drive into the car parking building and hope all the bad shaking is over and if the roof does fall, we hope we are not there. And now, we must learn to be vigilant against hate and to protect the people around us.
We do not do this alone.
Thank you to the NZ Police in Christchurch.
Thank you to all the first aiders, ambo crews, the ED staff and the surgical teams and the nurses and doctors at the hospital.
Thank you too to everyone who reached out. You make us strong and it is that strength we will need to rebuild our faith in equality, to support the religious freedom of everyone in this country and rekindle the kindness and simple joy of looking out for one another.
Kia Kaha my city of sorrows. May tomorrow be a better day.