Christchurch Terror Attack: Pink and other celebrities share an outpouring of love for NZ after Christchurch attack

Publish Date
Monday, 18 March 2019, 12:00PM
Photo / NZH, Getty

Photo / NZH, Getty

The whole world was left in shock following the Christchurch Terror Attack that has taken the lives of 50 people.

Around the globe, stars shared an outpouring of love for New Zealand and victims of the tragic mosque shooting – including singer Pink, who performed in the country just last year.

"My heart goes out to the people in Christchurch affected by this tragedy," she wrote on Twitter along with a broken-heart emoji.

The Walk Me Home singer wasn’t alone, actress Reese Witherspoon – who spent time in New Zealand while filming the movie A Wrinkle in Time – also shared a tribute.

"My heart goes out to the people of New Zealand," she wrote. "There are not enough prayers for such a senseless act of violence. Please know that I am here for you while you grieve."

Meanwhile, Kiwi celebrities also shared their heartbrokenness on social media.

"My heart is broken. My country is weeping and so am I. I am dying knowing that this kind of hatred can happen in my homeland. All my love goes out to Christchurch, the victims, the families, the Muslim community, and all who have chosen our islands as their home. This is not us," director Taika Waititi wrote on Twitter.

Singer and TV presenter Anika Moa took to Instagram to write: "He pōuri meke ahau. I can't believe this has happened to these humans. I am reaching into a complete sadness in my heart for them/us/chch. I feel angry too but that won't help so, for now, my love goes out to everyone."

In a statement to Variety, Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson said: "New Zealanders are devastated."

"Our hearts go out to all those who have been harmed by this cowardly act of hate," he continued. "Kiwis stand united in our love and support for our fellow Muslim brothers and sisters. We will do whatever we can to help them heal and rise above this terrible tragedy."

Sam Neill was also among other Kiwis to share their anger and sadness online.

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I promised I’d come back with some action points in the aftermath of the events in Christchurch, NZ, so here we are. 🌸⁣ ⁣ Preemptive Love have put together a list of five things you can do to support our Muslim neighbours, which are practical, thoughtful and powerful. (https://preemptivelove.org/blog/5-things-you-can-do-today-to-support-your-Muslim-neighbors/)⁣ ⁣ One of my good friends is organising flowers, cards and drawings to take to the local mosque (as the Preemptive Love blog points out, if you do this please hand deliver in person and do not leave packages on steps or at entrances and inadvertently cause alarm). Our girls spent this afternoon making drawings to give to the kids, with lots of hearts and reminders that “we love you”. ⁣ ⁣ Victim Support NZ (a vetted, trusted organisation) has set up the official victim donation fund at GiveALittle (NZ’s version of “GoFundMe”). Donations will be used for support and resources for the victims and their families. The link is https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/Christchurch-shooting-victims-fund ⁣ ⁣ Another thing we can all practically do is choose to live open-hearted toward all other humans and turn up in our communities. Be friends with people who don’t think, believe or vote like you. As @coloursisterhood has encouraged for years - choose empathy. It’s a choice. ⁣ ⁣ We won’t necessarily do all this perfectly - in fact (spoiler alert) we definitely won’t - but we have to at least try. ⁣ ⁣ And to all my people in NZ... Kia kaha. Everyone I’ve spoken to in our nation is genuinely distraught over this. This is not a national event, it’s a national wound. We will never be the same... but from everything I am seeing and reading about our national response... I live in hope that we might be better because of our united outrage against this evil, our enlarged empathy, our rallying around the hurting and our renewed passion that the words of our national anthem might be true: ⁣ ⁣ “Men of every creed and race⁣ Gather here before Thy face,⁣ Asking Thee to bless this place,⁣ God defend our free land.⁣ From dissension, envy, hate,⁣ And corruption guard our state,⁣ Make our country good and great,⁣ God defend New Zealand.”

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Their voices were joined by the likes of Christina Aguilera, Stephen Fry, Debra Messing and more.