COMMENT:

In the two weeks since the Christchurch mosques massacre, it has often been said that the atrocity has changed New Zealand forever.

Forever is a long time. Some change will be short term, some long term and some of it lasting.

For many ordinary New Zealanders, with no previous connection to Islam, that change will undoubtedly be lasting. The suffering has connected many of us to a world we had little to do with.

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We may not understand the Islamic faith any more deeply, but there is now an emotional and empathetic association with its followers.

The biggest wake-up

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