Otago Polytechnic

Civil vigil and silent march


Thursday 21 March

A Civic Vigil for those who lost their lives last Friday will be held in the Forsyth Barr Stadium this Thursday from 7pm. The vigil is hosted by Amnesty Otago and Dunedin City Council. 

The University of Otago is planning a silent march to Forsyth Barr Stadium, and the Otago Polytechnic community has been invited to join in. This is our opportunity, as a tertiary education community, to walk together in solidarity and silence in support of our Muslim wh¯anau.

March participants will gather at Memorial Bridge at 5:30pm, and will proceed down Union Street from 5:45. Otago Polytechnic students and staff are welcome to join the march at Memorial Bridge, or from Forth Street / Union Street at approximately 5:50pm. If you join the march from Forth Street / Union Street, please join in behind the group of people who are leading the procession - approximately 4000 Muslim community members and residential college students. All other students, staff and their families will be behind them in a second group.

There will be a designated space for the University and Polytechnic community at the stadium.

There will be bag searches upon arrival, which may take some time. This is why we are gathering early - to make sure that we are all in the stadium so as not to disrupt the vigil proceedings that start promptly at 7pm. You can take bottles of water with you.

There will be an opportunity to donate money at the entrance gates. These donations are for the immediate families affected by the Christchurch tragedy.

There is power in numbers, and this is our chance to join together and show our support for the Muslim community.