Memorial service viewings cancelled

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Public viewings in Queenstown and Wanaka of a national memorial service for victims of the Christchurch terror attacks have been cancelled due to security resourcing.

In a statement Queenstown Lakes District Council communications advisor Campbell Weal confirmed planned public live streams in Queenstown and Wanaka had been cancelled.

They had been set to take place at Queenstown’s Earnslaw Park and Wanaka’s Roys Bay Park.

”The council had scheduled to enable the community to come together in two locations across the district but has since decided that the heightened security required for these events would be challenging not only for the local community and our visitors, but for the council and our local police,” he said.

The live streaming was available on TVNZ and Radio New Zealand, which made the decision ”somewhat easier to bear”.

”We encourage our community to join with family, friends and colleagues to tune into the service in their place of work, at home or wherever they find themselves at 10am tomorrow.

”We apologise if anyone is disappointed by this decision but ultimately we agree that public safety is our collective priority.”

Public services in Southland and Waikato have also been cancelled for the same reason.