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Christchurch - a Message from our President

Dear colleagues and friends,

Most of you will be aware of the terrible event that happened in Christchurch on Friday. So many people lost their lives and so many are fighting for theirs. As a country, New Zealand is in mourning. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Muslim community and all those hurt from this senseless act.

We offer our support to our Fellows and Trainees who are working tirelessly at Christchurch Hospital with the people injured and their families. We also wish to acknowledge the efforts of the medical, nursing, and allied health colleagues involved in the immediate and longer term care of the many people who have been so deeply impacted.

To know such hate could come here, to this kind and gentle country, it’s shaken us all down to the core. Each and every one of us is thinking of the people most directly affected and doing what we can to help the survivors and our colleagues.

Julian Speight (FRACS)
President of NZAGS

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