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Vigil for Christchurch shifted to Basin

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester says this evening’s public vigil in the wake of the Christchurch terrorist attack will be held at the Basin Reserve, starting at 6pm.

This follows indications overnight that the large numbers of people intending to attend the vigil would cause capacity problems at Te Ngākau Civic Square – the original intended venue.

“The Basin Reserve has become available overnight – it has more than enough room for everyone wanting to attend,” says the Mayor.

He says the vigil will give Wellingtonians the opportunity to show their support for the victims and their families, our Muslim community and all citizens of Christchurch.

The event has been organised by Wellington City Council in partnership with Wellington Interfaith Council, the Wellington Multicultural Council and ChangeMakers Resettlement Forum.

There will be free on-street parking in the CBD from 4pm today.


Metlink has announced it’s providing free fares on buses and trains for tonight’s vigil at the Basin Reserve.

Free travel on buses and trains will be available from 4pm to 9pm across all city services.

Up to 12,000 people are expected at the vigil.

Another vigil is expected to be held at 7pm in Civic Square on Thursday 21 March, hosted by the Victoria University branch of Amnesty International.