Books of condolence are being set up by local councils in the Tauranga area to offer messages of support and comfort to those affected by the Christchurch terror attack.

Western Bay of Plenty District Council offices and libraries in Katikati, Tauranga and Te Puke will each have books to provide an opportunity for people to express their sympathies to the victims, their families, the people of Christchurch and to Muslim communities around New Zealand.

Western Bay mayor Garry Webber said the books were made available after the Christchurch earthquakes "and hundreds of residents and visitors to the Western Bay took the opportunity to share their thoughts".

"The condolence books will open for as long as needed and at an appropriate time be sent to the Mayor of Christchurch and leaders of the Christchurch Muslim community on behalf of the people of the Western Bay."


The Western Bay of Plenty council has been doing its bit for the community, in light of the tragedy, with the planning of vigils and regular minutes of commemoration at events.

The vigil in Te Puke over the weekend had a number of community leaders express their thoughts and sorrow.

Waihi Beach and Katikati councillors are supporting another vigil in Katikati on Friday at 5.30pm.

Tauranga Mayor Greg Brownless and Western Bay of Plenty Mayor Garry Webber. Photos / file
Tauranga Mayor Greg Brownless and Western Bay of Plenty Mayor Garry Webber. Photos / file

Committee meetings over the coming weeks will also all hold a minute's silence at the beginning of every meeting and flags at the council buildings are all at half mast.

The citizenship ceremony set to take place tomorrow morning will go ahead, with Webber saying it is now more important than ever for our community to be welcoming and there is "no reason to stop".

He said the ceremony would be quite moving, with a minute's silence, as well as a definite mention of the tragic events that took place on Friday.

Thirty people from around the world will become New Zealand citizens at the council chambers tomorrow morning.