Written on 18 March 2019 by Peter Hughes

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The shocking and incomprehensible killing of 50 people in Christchurch last Friday triggered an around the clock response from Government agencies. 

As first responders dealt with the rapidly evolving terror attack on the ground on Friday afternoon, the wider State Services also began mobilising. 

I want to acknowledge the incredible efforts agencies and their staff put in to helping communicate calm as the appalling loss of life became apparent, all the while rallying to support grieving, shocked families and friends of victims.  

These are extraordinarily difficult times.  

Supporting victims and those who have been bereaved remains the top priority. But agencies are also working hard in the wider Government response to this terror attack.  

In our workplaces – and indeed, in our wider communities – it is important to be aware that some people may need special care and attention in the aftermath of this tragedy. It will affect us all, in different ways.  

How we respond is a mark of who we are.

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