1. The Police are engaging with families directly. Each family has been assigned an individual case officer. They are working with each family discussing the release of their deceased. There was a meeting yesterday, and will be again today at 6pm with these families discussing this along with details of next steps.
2. The Community leaders took part in a blessing alongside Ngai Tahu. The respected ‘Kai Karakea’ visited and blessed both Mosques this morning.
3. A meeting took place today discussing the return of the two mosques. We are working on a timeline with Police on when they will be reopened. A dedicated representative from each Mosques is being assigned to work with the Police on this. The key focus is to ensure that they will be returned to us in a state that is suitable for our community to continue regular prayer and activities.
4. Owners of the cars that are within the cordoned off areas will be contacted individually by Police to arrange the return of their cars.
5. Arrangements for Jummah are being discussed for this coming Friday. We will provide an update when a venue has been determined.
6. The coroner team are doing absolutely everything in their power to work through their processes as quickly as possible. They have brought in teams from around New Zealand and from overseas to work around the clock. The Ghusl (washing) teams are established and ready to go and the Burial site is prepped and all processes are in place. Our priority is to engage with the families with the official engagement process.
7. More Specific information on the Janaza is still being finalised. Further information will be provided at our public briefing at 9pm tonight at the Horticultural Centre.
Dear Muslim Community
Since yesterday, every victim’s family have been assigned a case officer from the police who is in charge of giving them status updates as soon as they develop, there has been a meeting with the families yesterday where they have been briefed about the status of their deceased loved ones and the plan going forward, and there is another meeting this evening to give them further updates.
As for the Janazah and Ghosl, the families have been given the choice whether to wait for a mass Janazah or have their loved ones buried as soon as possible, for those who chose to have their loved ones buried as soon as possible, the procedure will start once the police allow them to collect the bodies, which should be within the next couple of days.
For the mass Janazah, it will be held once the final body is ready, which according the current status will be by Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning.
MAC has dedicated the following two accounts for the support of the victims of Christchurch:
Reference: CHC Janaza
Reference: 15 March
It came to our attention the shooting video we argue if you are thinking about sharing it, please don’t, this is not how the families of the deceased want to remember them. Don’t let the terrorists win.
If you already shared it, please take it down , if you receive it , just ignore it.
Police have told us that some of the vehicles from within the cordon could be removed and returned to their owners.
There are some conditions and requirements for this.
– No vehicles from the carpark of the Mosque
– No vehicles from the Mosque side of the street
This means for those cars opposite to the Mosque, the police MAY BE ABLE to assist removing your cars before the cordon is lifted.
– Give your keys with information about your car to the Civil Defence personnel at Hagley Community College
83 Lyttelton Street, Spreydon led by Ms Hayley May
Acting Kaihautū Wharekura | Head of Senior School. Interesting questions were asked by these young students.Jazakallakhair to Imam Gamal and all those who helped and supported this visit.