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Vigil for Lives Taken in Christchurch
March 21 @ 7:00 pm
A Dunedin civic vigil will be held at the Forsyth Barr Stadium on Thursday, 21 March from 7pm to 8.45pm.
This is an opportunity for our residents to come together to comfort each other at this tragic time. This is an important way to support our Muslim community and the broader community.
It is hoped many people will come along on Thursday to show solidarity and support, and to demonstrate the resilience and love of the Dunedin community.
The event has been organised by the DCC and the Otago University Amnesty International Group. The vigil will begin with a manawhenua welcome and will include speeches by the Mayor and representatives of the Muslim community and prayers from faith groups across the city.
There will be a strong Police presence at the vigil.
Please note the vigil will begin at 7pm, promptly. We ask that all those attending arrive well before then. The gates will open at 6pm.
The vigil will start at 7pm promptly and we expect it to finish around 8.45pm. People will be encouraged to gather on the pitch. Some seating will be available on the side of the pitch for those with mobility issues and the North and Mitre 10 Mega stands will be open.
The vigil will begin with a manawhenua welcome and will include speeches by the Mayor and representatives of the Muslim community, the Otago University Amnesty International Group, and prayers from faith groups across the city.
The programme also includes a call at 7.50pm for people of the Muslim faith to participate in their formal sunset prayer time, which on Thursday is at 8pm. During this prayer time we ask for silence.
Local musicians will lead waiata at different parts of the vigil.
Both Arabic and New Zealand Sign Language interpreters will support the event. The NZSL interpreter will stand next to the speaker and video will be on the big screen.
Free public transport is being provided to get people to and from Thursday’s civic vigil.
All public bus services will be free from 5pm for the rest of the night. Catch a bus to the city centre and then catch a free shuttle from the middle of the Octagon to the Forsyth Barr Stadium. Shuttles will be running every five minutes from 5.15pm until about 6.50pm. Free shuttles will leave from Anzac Avenue straight after the event, heading back to the Octagon. Please see the Octagon and Stadium maps for pick-up and drop-off points.
Not all buses will be accessible for people with mobility issues, but we will do our best to look after people who need assistance.
Please note that services will be very busy. If you’re travelling to the stadium, plan your trip and arrive early.
Please be aware that the roads will be busy. We recommend that people arrive early so they do not miss the start of the vigil. You may like to share a ride with friends to help reduce traffic congestion.
It is an easy 15–20 minute walk from the Octagon to the stadium. We also encourage people walking to the stadium from other parts of the city for the vigil to walk in solidarity with family, friends, neighbours and other members of our community.
The University of Otago has organised a silent march leaving the Memorial Bridge on campus at 5.45pm and walking down Union Street to the stadium for the vigil. More details are available on the University of Otago website at www.otago.ac.nz/news/news/otago707280.html
If you are driving, park further afield and walk. Please note that parking restrictions will be in place in the immediate vicinity of the stadium.
There are lots of on-street parks around the wharf area and south of the Railway Station. From here, you can walk straight to the stadium via the Wickliffe Street walkway.
If you’re parking in off-street parking areas, please be aware of any time or customer only restrictions and don’t park in leased parking spots.
A mobility pick-up and drop-off point will be outside the stadium on Union Street East – from here we will help people get into the stadium. You will need a mobility pass to get through the road closure.
For parking, please use the mobility parks that will be available on Butts Road.
People can get into the stadium from 6pm and the vigil will start at 7pm promptly. Access will only be through Gates B and C