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Visit to Kapiti College

This afternoon, one week after the killing of 50 worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealanders gathered in our towns and cities to observe two minutes' silence.

For that moment, Dame Patsy and Sir David chose to be with 1500 school students on the Kapiti Coast. First they heard the soaring notes of the Muslim call to prayer. After the two minutes' silence, there was a mass haka by the students.

Dame Patsy addressed the students, noting that coming together in this way helped to affirm the values that we hold dear: tolerance, inclusion and kindness.

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Dame Patsy addressing the students at Kapiti College
Some of the 1500 students performing a mass haka

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