NZ officials working closely with victims’ families for burial process
March 16, 2019 3:37 pm
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says officials are working closely with families on the burial process of victims killed.
The victims were killed in mosque attacks in Christchurch.
Speaking at a news conference this afternoon, Ardern says security will be provided to all mosques throughout NZ by police force “until it is deemed that there is no longer a threat.”
She says there are concerns predominantly on the burial process of victims but she ensured that is kept in line with custom.
Arden says Police are liaising directly with family members in trying to meet their expectations.
“Coming back to the issue of the burial of victims. I know that this is a key concern for members of the community. Deputy Commissioner and Ethnic Services Wally Haumaha has travelled to Christchurch. He was there with us at Hagley College alongside 15 additional ethnic liaison officers who are working to support the community. These specialists will work alongside local staff to support families there. They are assisting to repatriate them with their loved ones in a way that is consistent with Muslim faith while taking into account these unprecedented circumstances and the obligations to the coroner.”
Ardern added that extensive resources and guidelines will be provided to all schools in New Zealand on how to offer support for children affected by the attacks.